Involution: Wildcat on China’s 2020

Involution: Wildcat on China’s 2020

Photo: EPA-EFE Below is a translation of “China: Neijuan” from issue #107 (spring 2021) of the German magazine Wildcat – fourth in their series on trends and struggles in China since 2018, the second and third installments of which we published here as “Winter is...
Until the End of the World: Notes on a Coup

Until the End of the World: Notes on a Coup

By Soe Lin Aung 1 2 As night fell in Yangon this week, the city echoed every night with the sound of residents banging pots and pans and drivers honking their horns—noise to drive away evil spirits. In Mandalay, medical workers gathered in formation, their masked...
Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System

Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System

Around the world, previously invisible delivery personnel have achieved a new prominence in popular consciousness as “frontline workers” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the emergency has highlighted both the importance and the dangers of delivery work, strikes...
Scaling the Firewall, 1: #LiftTheBucket

Scaling the Firewall, 1: #LiftTheBucket

First intake in a series from our friend G. —Chuang The following is the first of a new series of investigations into Chinese social media, compiling information on trends in social phenomena that I believe can provide additional context for readers outside the...
Worker organising under the pandemic: reflections from China

Worker organising under the pandemic: reflections from China

Below is our translation of an anonymous Chinese article from the mainland left blog Worker Study Room (工人自习室), originally published in May 2020. It is the only attempt we’re aware of to provide a systematic overview of workers’ lives and job conditions, labour...