ln our second issue we turn our focus to the frontiers of crisis and capital in China. We expand our conceptual framework here, digging more deeply into some of our central theoretical concerns while also providing coherent narratives of historical events and contemporary faultlines. As always, we include interviews and translations alongside our own original work. This issue also contains, for the first time, two commissioned articles by authors outside of Chuǎng, each a regional specialist focusing on some portion of China’s borderlands.
We take these borders as our starting point. This issue therefore begins with the expanding frontier of capital itself, with our second long-form article on the economic history of China, “Red Dust: The Transition to Capitalism in China,” detailing the process by which the socialist developmental regime was dismantled and incorporated into the capitalist economy. We then move on to China’s literal frontiers, our two intakes exploring tensions in Xinjiang and Vietnam. Finally, we include a series of pieces exploring the frontiers of struggle and repression within Chinese industry.
Print copies of issue 2 are available to order from AK-UK (best if ordering within Europe) and Light Logistics (if ordering within Asia), and will soon be available from AK-US (if ordering within the Americas), Gleebooks in Sydney, Australia and HK Reader in Hong Kong. The remaining contents of the issue will also be published here on the website for free in the fall of 2019. Prior to the full release, please see our preview pieces below: a lengthy interview with the Chinese communist Lao Xie, and an intake by Adam Hunerven writing on the situation in Xinjiang.
Society has not yet settled into a condition where everything follows rules that people regard as natural and unassailable. I think this is the reason that China has a special, perhaps unique value for the class struggle.
Today Uyghurs speak often of the brokenness they feel as a people. They say they have no words for how they feel. They say they can’t reconcile what is happening and who they are as human beings.