China FAQ 常见中国问题解答系列 – Isn’t China the world’s sweatshop? 难道中国不是世界血汗工厂吗？
China’s job structure is becoming more dependent on the service sector and moving away from agriculture, mining, manufacturing and construction. As in wealthier countries, the labor market in major Chinese cities is also bifurcating, with a majority of residents employed in lower-paying, lower-skill services and logistics work, and a minority employed in higher-paying, higher-skill jobs.
The End of an Era: Labor Activism in Early 21st Century China
Since this type of activism emerged in the wake of migrant struggles in the coastal export-processing zones, we should not be surprised that state repression could so easily destroy these networks just as they were also losing their own material foundation.
Beyond the White Paper: An Interview on the Social Elite in Shanghai’s Protests of November 2022
It was unclear whether what was happening was a protest, a memorial, or a large group of shoppers and commuters gawking at the police. So somebody tests the waters and sings the national anthem.
Three Autumn Revolts: Breaking the Ice on China’s “Anti-Lockdown Movement”
Examining tensions between different currents of the November unrest sheds lights on its limits and potential. Translation of mainland left reflections on the events, with our commentary.
East Lake for Everyone: Records of a Protest Movement in Wuhan, 2010-2014
At a time when dissident art has become the vanguard of gentrification, this project’s oppositional stance has been its refusal to enter the system of circulation. This is evident In the tension between the confiscation of land and the eviction of its inhabitants, on the one hand, and the project participants’ active withdrawal in order to intervene in that eviction and to maintain that intervention.
Towards Glorious Development: China’s TV Drama Regulations & the Capitalist Transition, 1986-2015
The state is not an external force intervening within the private media sector but is instead the means by which capitalist society reproduces itself, in this case through the sculpting of popular ideology.
Heat, Food & Power: News Highlights, July-August 2022
Seventh in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions, with new section on left platforms.
Book Online + Transcript of Interview, “Dirty Work: China, Communism and Social Contagion”
The Social Contagion book is now available to read online, along with our interview with the Antifada, Cinder Bloc and History against Misery.
China FAQ 常见中国问题解答系列 – Wasn’t China a communist country under Mao? 毛的中国不是共产主义国家吗？
Throughout the 1950s–1960s, what we call China’s “socialist developmental regime” supplanted the communist project as more and more was sacrificed to the bottom line of building a national economy.
White Terror, Attacks on Women, Bank Protests, Falling Wages: News Highlights, May-June 2022
Sixth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions.
Struggling to Survive in Shanghai and Beyond: News Highlights, April 2022
Fifth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions
China FAQ 常见中国问题解答系列 – Is China a socialist country? 中国是社会主义国家吗？
China is only a “socialist” country insofar as the meaning of the term “socialism” has become utterly bankrupt. This bankruptcy has mostly occurred through the false equivalence between “socialism” and “development.”
Controlling the Soul’s Thirst for Freedom: News Highlights, March 2022
Fourth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions.
China FAQ 常见中国问题解答系列 – Is China a capitalist country? 中国是资本主义国家吗？
Since money is the lifeblood of capitalist production, this dependence on money for survival is the clearest signal that a population has been incorporated into global capitalism.
China FAQ 常见中国问题解答 – What Do Chinese Workers Think about the CCP? 中国工人如何看待中共？
In college I applied to join the party, but I noticed that our Party Branch Secretary was the most distasteful (庸俗) person in our school, and the “perks” of membership such as precedence in getting a job as a civil servant held no attraction for me, so the whole idea of joining became distasteful.
China FAQ 常见中国问题解答 – Series Introduction 系列序言
The time has come for us to help produce simple, handy and easily reproducible summaries of the communist perspective on China.
Sharing the Shame 与有耻焉：A Letter from Internationalists in China 来自中国大陆国际主义者的一封信
Chinese netizens are unfortunately seen at this time as the loudest supporters of war and Putin. Progressive anti-war voices are muted, and protesters are punished.