Launched in early 2008, The China Beat provides context and criticism on contemporary China from China scholars and journalists. Based around a group of active contributors at the University of California, Irvine, including co-founders Kenneth Pomeranz and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, the blog draws on a global group of China watchers in the U.S., China, the U.K., Australia, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, and many other locations.

The China Beat has received praise and notice in many locations, including the New York Times‘ “Paper Cuts” blog, Far Eastern Economic Review, Shanghai City Weekend, and The Beijinger. Writers who follow China issues, like James Fallows and Andrew Leonard, have recommended China Beat to their readers.

In July 2012, The China Beat registered its 1,000th and final post. It is archived here by request of the creators, Maura Cunningham, Kate Merkel-Hess, Ken Pomeranz, and Jeff Wasserstrom.

China Beat continues on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chinabeat

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2012

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Book Review: The Gender of Memory, Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

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The First Asian Man: The Story Behind the Jeremy Lin Story, Yong Chen

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Book Review: A Passion for Facts by Tong Lam, Maggie Clinton

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All Good Things Must Come to an End: China Beat’s 1,000th Post, Maura Cunningham, Kate Merkel-Hess, Ken Pomeranz, and Jeff Wasserstrom

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Salvaging Memories from the Ruins of the Three Gorges, Daisy Yan Du

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Changsha: Photographs by Rian Dundon, Rian Dundon

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Behind Bo Xilai’s Halo, Xujun Eberlein

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How Chongqing People View Bo Xilai, Xujun Eberlein

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Book Review: Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, Mike Frick

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A Flourishing Profession: Reflections on a Career in Asian Studies, Charlotte Furth

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Literacy and Development within China’s Minorities, Alexandra Grey

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“Unwavering Public Support” Not Quite So Easy to Find These Days, Duncan Hewitt

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Whither the "Year of China"?, Denise Ho and Jared Flanery

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Book Review: Developmental Fairy Tales, Nicole Kwoh

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Book Review: Keeping the Nation’s House, Elizabeth LaCouture

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Book Review: Chiang Kai-shek’s Interpersonal Relationships: Perspectives Across the Strait, Sherman Lai

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Book Review: China and Orientalism, Fabio Lanza

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Digital Chinese Whispers: Death Threats and Rumors Inside China’s Online Marketplace of Ideas, James Leibold

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Republican China, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Rural Return: Xi Jinping’s Iowa Visit, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Excerpt: Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, James Palmer

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Ai in Mumbai, Reshma Patil

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Letter from Little Lhasa, Reshma Patil

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Excerpt: Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Stephen R. Platt

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Book Review: Modern China’s Network Revolution, Brett Sheehan

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Book Review: Superstitious Regimes by Rebecca Nedostup, Stefania Travagnin

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Celebrating Chunjie in Old Nanjing, Sarah Tynen

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Hong Kong Identity and Democratic Values, Sebastian Veg

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The Taiwan Elections in Historical Perspective, Sebastian Veg

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A Q&A with Janet Chen, Author of Guilty of Indigence, Jeff Wasserstrom

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Chinese Youth: A Quick Q and A with Mary Bergstrom, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Book Review: Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune, David Webster

2011

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China Beat Event: “Nationalism and Religion in Twentieth- Century Asia,” Friday 4/22

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New Issue of Twentieth-Century China Available

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A View on Ai Weiwei’s Exit, Geremie R. Barme

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Screening Tiananmen, Chris Berry

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Swearing down the Law – A Debate, Jerome Bourgon and Paul R. Katz

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Swearing down the Law – A Debate (continued), Jerome Bourgon and Paul R. Katz

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We Chinese, M. Scott Brauer

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When Things Go Wrong: Village Elections as a Process Creating Contention, Kerry Brown

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Bow Before the Portrait: Sino-North Korean Relations Enter the Kim Jong Un Era, Adam Cathcart

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Soft Power Struggle: Ai Weiwei and the Limits of Sino-German Cultural Cooperation, Adam Cathcart

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Factories without Smoke, Chris Cherry

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Frivolous Friday: In Praise of Jianbing 煎饼, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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New Media and Old Dilemmas: Online Protest and Cyber Repression in Asia Panel Report, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Reader Responses: Celebrating Jianbing, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Reading Round-Up: Reactions to the Wenzhou Train Crash, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Book Review: A Critical Introduction to Mao, Brian J. DeMare

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Liminal City, Rian Dundon

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Havel, China and Africa, Howard W. French

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Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: Promoting creative industries while maintaining political control, Thomas Glucksmann-Smith

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Review: Consent of the Networked, Anne Henochowicz

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Dalian’s Past, Dalian’s Present, Part 3, Christian Hess

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Book Review: Gourmets in the Land of Famine, Emily Hill

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Passport to the World: Chinese Students at the University of Kentucky, Denise Ho and Jared Flanery

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Understanding China, Ron Javers

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Ai Weiwei and Qingming, Lionel M. Jensen

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Ai Weiwei and the “Age of Madness”: Day Five and Counting, Lionel M. Jensen

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Dalian’s Past, Dalian’s Present, Part 2, Miriam Kingsberg

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The Internet and China’s Response to the Japan Earthquake, Daniel Knorr

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Facebook and the People in the Iron House: 非死不可?, James A. Millard

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Being Blacklisted by China, And What Can Be Learned from It, James A. Milward

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Book Review: Fractured Rebellion, Amy O'Keefe

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Dalian’s Past, Dalian’s Present, Part 1, Meg Rithmire

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Book Review: Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing, Ling Shiao

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From Monkey King to Mao: Cultivating Online Games with “Chinese Characteristics”, Marcella Szablewicz

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Mourning the Soviet Union, Nicolai Volland

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A Quick Q & A with Tom Scocca–Author ofBeijing Welcomes You, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Straight Out of Wukan: A Quick Q & A with Journalist Rachel Beitare, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Late Qing Dreams of Modernity, Peter Zarrow

2010

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AHA Update: Conference on Asian History Luncheon

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A New Book (Almost in the Bookstores) and Some Boston to Boulder Speaking Dates

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An Image

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An Interview with Deanna Fei, Author of A Thread of Sky

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Anthologize: A New Tool for Bloggers

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A Q-and-A with Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei.org

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A Q-and-A with Scott Tong of Marketplace

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Around the Web: Podcasts and Videos

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As China Goes, So Goes the World

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A Transcendent Moment in the Land of Haibao

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“A Wildly Weird and Wonderful Event”

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Before We Go: Vacation Reading Suggestions

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Bloggers’ Breakfast at AAS

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Book Talk(s)

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Book Tour Updates: Mid-May Talks

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Capturing Chinese With Help from Lu Xun

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China Beat at AHA

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China Beat is Heading to the Beach . . .

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China Books to Check Out

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China Learns from the Soviet Union: An Interview with Thomas P. Bernstein

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China Lectures, Both Online and In Person

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China Tweetniks

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Christ in Pingyao

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Continuing Coverage of Country Driving

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Cross Talk

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Dancing is my hobby

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Event Reminder: China Dialogue at UC Irvine, 4/23

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Expo Readings Around the Web

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Expo Stories: Trying to Keep up From Afar

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First Reactions: Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize