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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2011

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

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Thoughts on River Elegy, June 1988-June 2011, David Moser

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“The Rise of the Hans”: A Critique, Thomas S. Mullaney

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Book Review: Fractured Rebellion, Amy O'Keefe

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Excerpt: Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, Shelley Rigger

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

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Misunderstanding a Nationalist Cause, Angilee Shah

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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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Book Review: Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World, Jeremy Tai

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What China Can Teach Us about Tucson, Peter Vernezze

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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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Asia’s Disappearing Daughters, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Chicago and the Future of U.S.-China Summits, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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China in 2010: A Baker’s Dozen of Links, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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China’s Water Challenges: A Quick Q & A with Environmental Historian Kenneth Pomeranz, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Humiliation and Normalization: A Tale of Two New China Books, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Q&A: Robert Bickers, Author of The Scramble for China, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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

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Ai Weiwei at the Venice Biennale, Jon Wiener

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Shanghai Spaces and Histories: Thoughts on Reading Qiu Xiaolong’s Years of Red Dust, Daisy Yan Du

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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

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Five C’s on China, Censorship, and Cyberspace

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Frivolous Friday: The Red Army Learns to “Just Beat It”

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Google and China: The Analysis Continues

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Google Bus

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Google + China: Q-and-A with Mara Hvistendahl

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Happy Birthday to Us . . .

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Here, There, and Everywhere: Upcoming Events

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Hu Jingcao on Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin

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International Women’s Day: Readings Around the Web

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Jean-Philippe Béja on Liu Xiaobo

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Jia Zhangke Does Shanghai…And Other Notes from the Field

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Just One Child Wins Post-1900 Levenson Prize

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Lantern Festival

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Chinese-Language Preface

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Links, Links, and More Links

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Listen at Home to Peter Hessler and Ken Pomeranz

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Listening on China (This Week)

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Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize: More Readings

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Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize: Readings and Reactions

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More on Google + China

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New on the Web: The China Tracker

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New Readings on Mega-events and Matteo Ricci

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New Release: Coming to Terms with the Nation

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New Release: Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

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One Day, Two Birthdays

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Panic Room

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Penny for a Photo

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Peter Hessler at UCI

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Photo: A World of Ruins

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Qinghai Earthquake Readings

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Qinghai Earthquake Stories in Translation

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Queueing

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Reading Round-Up, 1/31/2010

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Reading Round-Up: 2/12/10

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Reading Round-Up, 2/27/2010

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Reading Round-Up, 7/10/10

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Reading Round-Up, 8/2/2010

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Reading Round-Up: Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama

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Reading Round-Up: China and India

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Reading Round-Up: China in the World

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Reading Round-Up: China Now the World’s Second-Largest Economy

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Reading Round-Up, December 17

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Reading Round-Up: Google and China

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Reading Round-Up: October 31, 2010

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Readings Around the Web: Fun in the Sun Edition

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Readings on Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize, Part 2

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Recent and Upcoming Conversations in China