This is a list of resources I use to keep up to date with everything going on in China. News sites, journals, podcasts, research projects, scholarship and job listings, and more! All of them are free, and the list will probably continue to be updated as I find new stuff. If you have any suggestions for additions to the list, let me know.
Asia Global Online
AsiaGlobal Online is a digital journal published by the Asia Global Institute (AGI) at The University of Hong Kong. Focuses on the whole of Asia, but naturally usually features at least something on China. Concentrates on sustainability and ‘global cooperation’ as it is aimed a policy advisory bodies.
I only use it for the newsletter subscription.
British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies
Network for postgraduates, young scholars and early-career researchers in Chinese Studies at British universities. Even though it's aimed at people in Britain, I and many other international students still use it as it lists calls for papers for international conferences and journals, and announces interesting talks and events taking place worldwide.
I would highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter if you're a PhD student or recently graduated academic.
Made In China Journal
An open-access, quarterly journal focusing on labour and civil society in contemporary China. They also produce online-only articles, briefs (which cover the most recent developments in China), and host events such as scholarly discussions and summer schools.
Follow especially if you’re interested in the free flow of academic resources and discussion.
Website branded as an “international editorial collective gathering veteran and emerging writers, journalists, translators and artists to celebrate and support the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined).”
Useful for its directory of female experts on China, and interesting articles and media projects from people who specialise in different areas and topics of China.
To be perfectly honest, I mainly follow this site for its viral videos and news stories about outrageous things happening in China. From people pooping in public, stealing tissue paper from public bathrooms, or scaling the sides of buildings in order to get a better mobile signal (or chat with their mistress in private? Who knows), their news feed reads more like a gossip column than a legitimate news site. I love it.
Most of the other content is specifically Shanghai related, and they also have some general lifestyle content. It’s a nice browse if you’re looking for chill, interesting content that’s [usually] China related; even better for those of you in Shanghai who wants to keep up with new trends and restaurant openings. They’ve got a lot more ‘ad’ content recently, usually wrapped up in a blog-style post, but useful if you live in Shanghai and are looking for specific services such as TV or housekeeping services.
A regular newsletter subscription (I think it’s four times a week) featuring Bill Bishop’s insight in to the latest China news. Usually focuses on politics, economics, international relations.
The full newsletter is paid, but he occasionally releases it for free. He also offers discounts to bulk purchasers and students.
Easily my favourite on the list, Sixth Tone is a collection of reports, stories, and perspectives from those on the ground in China, and is a perfect resource if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s trending in China. Their content is divided into 5 categories according to their website:
“Rising Tones are timely reports on issues and events from across China. Drawing from a vast range of sources, these articles provide insights into the significance of each issue in a wider context.
Half Tones are small, easily digestible bites of news. Concise and to the point, they deliver the crux of a new story in just a few paragraphs or provide timely updates to our previous coverage.
Deep Tones are features that cut to the core of contemporary China. In-depth, informed, and carefully crafted, every piece is carried by the voices of the story’s participants.
Broad Tones are contributions from individuals with unique perspectives to share. This section is dedicated to a wide range of people, from experts and commentators to those whose voices are rarely heard.
Vivid Tones are visual stories showing up-close and personal slices of contemporary China. Each piece is fine-tuned to present diverse narratives through short videos, documentaries, photography, and data visualization.”
They have a newsletter, as well as a research scholarship for scholars and visual artists interested in examining contemporary China, and researching solutions to China’s developmental problems. If you’re going to follow anything on this list, make it this one.
Virtual compendium. News stories, columns, quizzes, podcasts, events, newsletters. They even have a consultant directory in case you’re looking for a China-expert in your specific field, from retail to healthcare. They even have their own list of sources...much more comprehensive than this one!