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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2008

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Securing the Olympics, Eric Setzekorn

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In Case You Missed It: The Thrill of the Chase, Angilee Shah

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"Our Woman in China": Louisa Lim, Angilee Shah

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The Best Reporting on the Sichuan Earthquake You’ll Never See, Angilee Shah

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Wei Cheng: From an Elite Novel to a Popular Metaphor, Xi Shi

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Terracotta Ambassadors, the First Emperor, and the “Cursed” Farmers, Xia Shi

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Rumor and the Sichuan Earthquake, Steve Smith

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Earthquake and the Imperatives of Chinese Mourning, Don Sutton

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Big and Small Nation(alisms): A view from Aotearoa-New Zealand, Paola Voci

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After the Olympics, What?, Nicolai Volland

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Boss Hu and the Press, Nicolai Volland

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A Weekend Chockfull of Interesting China Events, Jeff Wasserstrom

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Early Critics of Deng Xiaoping—A 1978 Flashback, Jeff Wasserstrom

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From East to West with Grant and Li*, Jeff Wasserstrom

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I Know It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But They Don’t Like It)—The Sequel…, Jeff Wasserstrom

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Philosophical Tours of China, from Dewey to Derrida, Jeff Wasserstrom

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Playing Politics with Cats and Dogs, Jeff Wasserstrom

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A Defense of Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem, Timothy Weston

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Contemporary Chinese Journalism: An Interview with Judy Polumbaum, Timothy Weston

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The Chinese Press in the Spotlight, Timothy Weston

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Growing Up Han: Reflections on a Xinjiang Childhood, Timothy B. Weston

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Bourgeois Shanghai: Wang Anyi’s Novel of Nostalgia, Wittenberg University

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Finding Trust Online: Tigergate to the Sichuan Earthquakes, Guobing Yang

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The Problem of China: A Revisitation, Peter Zarrow

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Hand Grenades and Olympics, Lijia Zhang