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.

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2010

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Reminder: China Beat at AHA

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R.I.P. China Blogs?

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Robert Barnett on the Qinghai Earthquake

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Shanghai Illuminations: 1890-2010

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Shanghai Mourns Victims of High-Rise Fire

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Shanghai’s Expo: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Sneak Peek: The Urbanatomy Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010

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Socialist Cosmopolitanism: China Beat Event

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Special Report: Thirty Years of the One-Child Policy

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Spinning and Scratching

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Tangka

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The China Beat: Lost in Translation Edition

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The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity

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“The Heritage of Shanghai”

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The New Red Guards

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Though I Am Gone

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Touring with a Book (vs. Touring with a Band)

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Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Event: Ying Zhu on Google and China

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Updates on the Qinghai Earthquake

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We’re Back!

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When Skinny is Too Thin

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Where’s Haibao? Help us find him!

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While we were away…

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World Cup, World Expo, And “Third World” Links

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Writing About a Fast-Changing China

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Writing About a Fast-Changing China

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Year in Review: Books, Books, Books

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Travelogue, Delhi-Beijing, Pallavi Aiyar

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A Conversation on “Confucius” with Daniel A. Bell, Alec Ash

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Two PKU Professors on China’s Youth, Alec Ash

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China’s Promise, Geremie R. Barme

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The Harmonious Evolution of Information in China, Geremie R. Barme

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Reflections on the Qinghai Earthquake, Nicole Barnes

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Coming Distractions: China Watcher, Richard Baum

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Exchanges: Reconciling Confucianism and Socialism?, Daniel A. Bell

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Wang Hui, Plagiarism, and the Great Bourgeois Academic Cultural Revolution, Susan D. Blum

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A Seventh Take on Jacques, Harald Bockman

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Another side of the Shanghai World Expo: Forum on ICT and Urban Development, Susan Brownell

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Blogging AAS 2010 (2), William Callahan

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China’s Glee, William A. Callahan

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Review: China’s Megatrends: The Eight Pillars of a New Society, William A. Callahan

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Basketbrawls Past and Present, James Carter

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Why I Support Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize, Wang Chaohua

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Missing Footage at the AAS, Timothy Cheek

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A House Museum Café: Part 1, Leksa Chmielewski

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A House Museum Café: Part 2, Leksa Chmielewski

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Lusting for old Shanghai: Andrew Field and Tess Johnston @ SILF 2010, Marta Cooper

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The Tao of Avatar — and why this sort of movie cannot be made in the PRC at this point in time…, Sam Crane

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A Coming Sino-U.S. Currency Battle? Obama Speaks Out about the Renminbi, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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An Interview with Richard McGregor, Author of The Party, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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“An Oasis of Peace and Quietude”: The 1964/’65 World’s Fair China Pavilion, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Coming Distractions: Chinese Whiskers, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Coming Distractions: Country Driving, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Five Questions (and Answers) About “Autumn Gem”, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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In Case You Missed It: Chop Suey, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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In Case You Missed It: Dreaming in Chinese, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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What I Read on My Summer Vacation (Part I), Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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Yo! AAS Is Coming to the City of Brotherly Love, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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证婚人: A Memoir, Jacob Dreyer

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Reflections on Qing History, Maura Dykstra

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A Chinese Immigrant Reads Yiyun Li, Xujun Eberlein

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If You Can Read Chinese, Read This E-Journal, Xujun Eberlein

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A Bitter Pill for Prime Minister Kan, James Farrer

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China’s Population Destiny: The Looming Crisis, Wang Feng

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Book Review: Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, Adam D. Frank

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Where to Begin: New Perspectives on Chinese Labor, Mark W. Frazier

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In Case You Missed Them: Books by Martin Jacques and Yasheng Huang, Howard French

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China, in Dim Light, Pierre Fuller

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“We are not Machines:” Teen Spirit on China’s Shopfloor, Mary E. Gallagher

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In Case You Missed It: Fractured Rebellion, John Gittings

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Night at the Museum, Kelly Hammond

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Symbols: Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize, Paulina Hartono

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An Interview with Chinese Underground Rock Musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou, Tim Hathaway

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China By the Numbers: The Chinese Professor and the Red Emperor, Charles W. Hayford

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Joan Hinton (1921-2010), Charles W. Hayford

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Behind the Wheel, About to Snap, Peter Hessler

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In Case You Missed It: China Dream, Christopher R. Hughes

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Notes on the Shanghai Expo, Jonathan Hwang

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Buying American, Ron Javers

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What I Read on My Summer Vacation (IV), Ron Javers

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Where to Begin: Five (Or More) Books about Daoism, Ian Johnson

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A New Book on Mao: A Quick Q & A with Author Rebecca Karl, Rebecca Karl

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Hardball, Paul Katz

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Rebuilding, Paul Katz

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Religion and Manifestations of Chinese Modernity, Paul Katz

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Sodden Anniversary, Paul Katz

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Making a Difference, Paul R. Katz

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One Hundred Years of Controversy, Paul R. Katz

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China’s Communist Party: Two Glimpses Inside, Thomas Kellogg

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Blogging AAS (3), Miri Kim

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In Case You Missed It: An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy, Miri Kim

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Notes on a Conversation: Ian Johnson and Angilee Shah, Miri Kim

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Blogging AAS 2010 (5), Miri Kim and Charles Wheeler

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Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing? The Book the Han Nationalists Love to Loath, James Leibold

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Asia, Faraway or Next Door?, Samuel Y. Liang

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What Does China Imagine?, Guangyi Li

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Analysis of the Recent Made-in-China Campaign, Hongmei Li

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My Cousin, Zhang Lijia

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Treat Human Beings as Humans, Zhang Lijia