Preface to Chinese Edition of “In the Camps” (now online) + archive of Chuang translations 《营中纪事》简体中文版上线
Racialization… is a historical feature of global capitalism and the imperial economic expropriation on which it depends…. In a world where the power of Chinese corporations and autocrats is unchecked they operate in much the same way as other colonial powers.
An Embassy’s Blood, a March in Beijing, and Chinese Intellectuals in 1999: The Birth of a New Nationalism
The theme of “enlightenment” had been frequently revisited since the socialist era, but “national salvation” was not reactivated until this moment in 1999.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seventh in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions, with new section on left platforms.
The Social Contagion book is now available to read online, along with our interview with the Antifada, Cinder Bloc and History against Misery.
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.
Sixth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions.
Fifth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions
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.”
Fourth in a series of monthly summaries and analysis of mainland Chinese news and social media discussions.
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.
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.