Recommended Reading

China, Chinese Stories and The China Story on the Internet in English

Chinese State and Commercial Media (English-language sites)

Beijing Review
China Central Television
China Daily
China Economic Net
China Radio International
Economic Observer
Global Times
People’s Daily Online

Other China Stories

China Heritage Quarterly
A publication covering recent developments and scholarship in areas related to China’s heritage, culture, history and society. Recent issues include Tea, the West Lake , the Xinhai Revolution, China’s Prosperous Age (shengshi 盛世) and the translator Yang Xianyi. See also the slowly-developing Glossary. China Heritage Quarterly is published by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

A website and research firm tracking the Chinese media and Internet. Danwei Media is engaged in research collaboration with the Australian Centre on China in the World.

East Asian History
Online journal of scholarship on East Asia, published by the Australian Centre on China in the World.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Archival site for The Gate of Heavenly Peace 天安门, the 1995 documentary film by the Long Bow Group covering the background to and the tumultuous events of 1989.

Morning Sun
Archival site for Morning Sun 八九点钟的太阳, the 2003 documentary film by the Long Bow Group about the Cultural Revolution era.

East Asia Forum
ANU-based journal providing East Asian analysis, research and policy comment on the Asia Pacific region and world affairs.

Asia Society
An Asia-related portal featuring news and articles in a range of multimedia forms. The Asia Society also produces China Green, and recently announced the immanent launch of a new China-focused site, China File.

Artspace China
Detailed analysis of Chinese contemporary art forms with added reviews and interviews.

China Beat (2008-2012)
An inventive academic-driven blog of articles on books, ideas and events.

China Digital Times
News, issues, translations and aggregation. Two special sections worth mentioning are: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of online Chinese slang and subversive puns; and, Directives from the Ministry of Truth, an archive of party-state propaganda and censorship instructions.

A blog of translations and commentary on current affairs and the Chinese Internet.

China History Podcast
Popular podcast about Chinese history, covering themes from China’s legendary origins to the Cultural Revolution, and accounts of contemporary figures.

China Media Project
Translation, analysis and commentary on Chinese media, media policy, censorship and journalism. David Bandurski edits the site, and writes many of the articles himself. The project also regularly publishes commentaries and reportage by important Chinese editors, journalists and academics (see the Fellows page for biographies and links). The site also hosts a growing section of special features, such as the China Media Map, the Media Dictionary, the Anti-Social List of deleted Weibo postings and the News Wire, a feed of summaries of news stories from the Chinese press.

China Policy
Analysis of contemporary China by a research team lead by the scholar David Kelly follows Chinese discussions and analysis of political, economic and social developments (projects undertaken on commission).

Group blog that translates popular postings from the Chinese Internet, from sex scandals to celebrity gossip to events such as the 2011 July Wenzhou high-speed train crash.

Commentary on the Internet and digital business, sister blog to Sinocism, a daily review of news from English and Chinese sources.

The creation of the prolific translator, statistician and polymath Roland Soong. ESWN was the site that published the first translations of Han Han’s Three Essays: Revolution, Democracy and Freedom.

Jottings from the Granite Studio
‘A Qing historian [who] reads the newspaper’, this blogger is now more active at the group blog Rectified Name.

Letter from China
A blog by the Beijing-based correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos (never dull).

Peking Duck
Current events and views of China from a former Beijing resident American.

Popup Chinese
Chinese language learning site that also hosts the Sinica podcast.

Marco Polo Project
The Marco Polo Project publishes a selection of essays, fiction and other writings from established and emerging Chinese writers, submitted and translated by the website’s users. The translations are ‘crowd-sourced’.

Shenzhen Noted
A blog devoted to recording Shenzhen’s urbanisation using photos, translations, original writings and information from the media.

Internet and tech industry in China.

China in Africa
A blog by Deborah Brautigam, author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, documents the Chinese presence in Africa.

South Sea Conversations
Translations and analysis of Chinese media reporting and commentary on the South China Sea.

Chinese Law Prof Blog
Analysis and articles on Chinese legal issues by law professor Donald C. Clarke.

Jerome Cohen’s Blog
Blog of a renowned expert in Chinese law, a scholar most recently in the news for his efforts on behalf of the legal activist Chen Guangcheng.

China Dialogue
Bilingual site focusing on China’s environmental issues with contributions from Chinese and global journalists and activists.

China Labour Bulletin
Research and analysis of labor issues and rights.

See also Danwei’s list of Recommended Reading.