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 March 2009, China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance was published. Based on postings that appeared at The China Beat during China’s eventful Olympic year, the book also includes new pieces and essays that were published in other formats.