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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2009

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Some Interviews (and Answering a Question I Wasn’t Asked)

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Starbucks in China: A Top Five List

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Still Reading Mishra…This Time on Yu Hua

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Super-Size Me: More National Day News

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Talks by Jeff Wasserstrom in Heidelberg

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Tehran Events and Tiananmen Analogies

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The 10 Best Books about Chinese Women in 2008

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The Big March of April 27, 1989

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The Boston Long Bow Group, Chai Ling and “The Gate of Heavenly Peace”: Geremie R. Barmé responds to "China Beat"

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The Forbidden City and American Presidents

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The JAS for Free: REVOLUTION!

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The Landscape Within: Shanghai Photography by Howard French

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The Legacy of Lu Xun: Photos from Shaoxing

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The Tael Lights of Old Shanghai

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The Tibet Question

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They Chose China Now at YouTube

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Thoughts on China Underground–A Book I Didn’t Want to Like (But Did)

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Three Generations

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Twenty Years: Preparing for the 6/4 Anniversary

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Wolf Totem revisited (yet again)

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Yale Global on China (and in Chinese)

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Zhao’s Memoirs: 5 Places to Turn

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China’s New New Youth, Alec Ash

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The (Model) UN Comes to Beida, Alec Ash

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A News Story on School Collapses Tantalizes, Then Disappears, David Bandurski

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Confucianism in Chinese Academia, Daniel A. Bell

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Davos in Dalian, Daniel A. Bell

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Learning With the Kids, Daniel A. Bell

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The right target for a boycott?, Daniel A. Bell

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Creating Memory: J.G. Ballard and Shanghai, Robert Bickers

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Tsingtao Beer: A Complex Brew, Robert Bickers

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Should China Copy the West on Academic Integrity?, Susan D. Blum

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Learning from Lai Changxing?, Jeremy Brown and Xian Wang

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Wolf Totem’s “Rational Exploration” of Civilization and Barbarians, William A. Callahan

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Ying Ruocheng, Claire Conceison

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Conference Report: Asia and the Environment, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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In Case You Missed It: Learning From Hangzhou, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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The Good, the Bad, and the Boring: Barack Obama’s China Trip in Review, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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5/15/89: Looking for Gorbachev, Philip J. Cunningham

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5/16/89: To Serve the People, Philip J. Cunningham

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5/18/89: Working Class Heroes, Philip J. Cunningham

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5/22/89: The Hunger of Provincials, Philip J. Cunningham

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5/26/89: An Audience with an Audience, Philip J. Cunningham

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5/28/09: Chai Ling’s Last Will and Testament, Philip J. Cunningham

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May 10, 1989: Demonstration of Ten Thousand Bicycles, Philip J. Cunningham

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The Forgotten Meaning of Tiananmen, Philip J. Cunningham

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The Hunger Strike Begins, Philip J. Cunningham

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The New May Fourth Spirit, Philip J. Cunningham

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Tiananmen Moon: Beida Summit, Philip J. Cunningham

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Tiananmen Moon: Excerpt, Philip J. Cunningham

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Tiananmen Moon: Preface, Philip J. Cunningham

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In Case You Missed It: China’s Monetary Challenges, Maura Dykstra

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Do I Still Love China?, Xujun Eberlein

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In Case You Missed It: The Beijing of Possibilities, Xujun Eberlein

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The Sky Is Not All Grey, Xujun Eberlein

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Response to “Islamic Fundamentalism: An Ignored Specter in the Xinjiang Riot”, Mark Elliott

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China at the World’s Fairs, Susan Fernsebner

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Vietnam Blocks Facebook, Caroline Finlay

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It’s so French, Paul French

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A Bible for Beijing, Pierre Fuller

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French Tibet, Pierre Fuller

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Punks at Kinko’s, Pierre Fuller

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Race and Espionage, Sam Goffman

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Better City, Better Life, Anna Greenspan

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Cities of the Future, Anna Greenspan

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In Case You Missed It: Uncle Ho and Uncle Sam, A. Tom Grunfeld

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The Dalai Lama and the Nobel Prize: Correcting a Misunderstanding, A. Tom Grunfeld

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Happy 牛Year!, Christopher C. Heselton

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Rambling Notes: Tracing “Old Shanghai” at the Futuristic Heart of “New China”, Niv Horesh

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China Behind the Headlines: Xu Zhiyong, Susan Jakes

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In Case You Missed It: Passion of the Mao, Jeremiah Jenne

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Notes from a Non-anniversary, Jeremiah Jenne

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History, Generations, and China Stories, Robert A. Kapp

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Obama in China: Friendly Advice, Robert A. Kapp

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Time Machine: Dear US Presidential Candidates…, Robert A. Kapp

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Dirty Innards, Paul Katz

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Revival, Paul Katz

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Tales From Taiwan: Mourning, Paul Katz

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“Caijing Is Dead, Long Live Caijing”, Scott Kennedy

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In Case You Missed It: Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture, Miri Kim

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Review: Making Religion, Making the State, Miri Kim

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From the Invisible Commemoration of Tiananmen to China’s Festive 60th Birthday, François Lachapelle

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Brought to You by the People’s Republic of The Onion, Haiyan Lee

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Mo Yan, Inaugural Newman Laureate, Honored in Oklahoma, Haiyan Lee

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The Xinjiang Riots: Tried Paradigms, Fresh Tensions, James Leibold

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The Past and Present of the CCP First Congress Memorial, Shanghai, Samuel Y. Liang

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Human Rights and China’s Public Diplomacy, Hongmei Li

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China’s Growing Cage: The Legacy of Tiananmen, Zhang Lijia

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Ode to the Communist Song, Zhang Lijia

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Reprint: Conflicts and Clashes are the Social Norm, Sun Liping

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Marx and the Taipings, Daniel Little

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2008 Retrospective: Olympics in Taiwan, Jennifer Liu

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Beijing Sixty-Six: Portrait of a Lost Generation, Jean Loh

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Filthy Fiction: The Writings of Zhu Wen, Julia Lovell

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It’s Just History: Patriotic Education in the PRC, Julia Lovell

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The Future of Japanese-Chinese Relations Under Japan’s New Government: An Expert Weighs In, Elizabeth M. Lynch

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Obama Recommendations: III, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Obama Recommendations: IV, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Presidential Reading Recommendations, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Presidential Reading Recommendations: II, Kate Merkel-Hess