Fascinated by China? Check out the China Beat blog, recently named one of the “Best of the China Blogs” by The Wall Street Journal. Contributors include UC Irvine history professors Kenneth Pomeranz, Yong Chen and Jeffrey Wasserstrom (pictured). Based at UCI and edited by doctoral student Kate Merkel-Hess, the news and analysis blog features posts on a variety of topics, including contemporary Chinese life, the 2008 Olympic games and Chinese/Tibetan relations. Other contributors include graduate students Nicole Barnes, Pierre Fuller, Xia Shi and Maura Cunningham. The China Beat: Blogging How the East is Read can be found at thechinabeat.blogspot.com.