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Never retreat, a Mong Kok state of mind

Mong Kok barricade

"Gritty district has its own breed of protester. Tough, streetwise, and kowtowing to no-one." Introduction to some differences between Mong Kok's more militant occupation from other sites of Hong Kong's predominantly pacifist and liberal "umbrella movement." Also includes a report on MK occupiers chasing police away yesterday morning.

New foundations for struggle and solidarity: The culmination of development and privatization on a Guangzhou Island

Guangzhou Sanitation Strike

An in-depth look at a strike by sanitation workers in Guangzhou and the new terrain of class struggle developing in China.

A letter from Seattle to Hong Kong Protestors/ 从西雅图给香港战友写信

Pepper Spray in HK and Seattle

A letter to Hong Kong protestors from friends and ardent supporters across the Pacific. Add oil! 中文版正在翻译中。

Black vs yellow: class antagonism and Hong Kong’s umbrella movement

Translation: "Civil Disobedience"

Best English article so far on Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" and its background, limitations, and prospects from a Marxist perspective, based on first-hand research.

The new strikes in China

prd strike

An article by "friends of gongchao" describes the development of strikes in China in recent years as well as the strike at Yue Yuen shoe factories in Dongguan, South China, in April 2014.

"It will ignite again": Strike at large shoe-factories in Dongguan, China

Yue Yuen strike, April 2014

Recently, the city of Dongguan in the Pearlriver-delta saw the biggest strike of migrant workers so far. As many as 50,000 workers took part in the strike at Yue Yuen ((裕元) shoe factories. Owned by the Taiwanese Pou Chen Group, Yue Yuen is one of the biggest contract manufacturers in the world for shoes. Its factories in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam produce for all big brands like Adidas, Nike, or Reebok.

Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen protests: Legacies of the student-worker divide

Workers on the square

During the protest movement that centered around Tiananmen Square in Beijing twenty-five years ago, workers protested alongside students and intellectuals. But the political relationship between the two social groups was weak at best. Things have only gotten worse since.

The student parliament: reflections on the Sunflower movement

The Taiwanese students movement against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China was hardly a radical movement in any way, it nonetheless politicized a lot of people and perhaps opened up space for a more radical critique of existing relations. The following are a few reflections and impressions of events that took place in Taipei from middle of March to beginning of May.

Strike in Shanghai in May 2014

Arrest during strike in Shanghai, May 2014

The wave of strikes in China's industrial heart lands continues. This is an example of a strike in Shanghai. As often, the Chinese state and capital tried to repress the strike with force, but also started negotiations to get the situation under control.

《晦鸣录》一百年:为什么在21世纪还要谈20世纪初的安那其?

Huiminglu cover

本文介绍并反思中国20世纪初安那其主义运动的历史意义。它是为2013举办的纪念中国最早安那其期刊《晦鸣录》(又称《民声》)的交流会而写的。

Huiming Centennial: Why Talk about 1910s Anarchism in the 2010s?

Huiminglu cover

Overview and critical reflection on the historical significance of early 20th century Chinese anarchism, from a 2013 conference celebrating the centennial of China's first anarchist periodical, Huiminglu, better known as Minsheng (Voice of the People).

Nao's recommended sources on China

Qinshihuang burning books

Lists of recommended books, articles, films, and websites about China. (Links to commentaries forthcoming.) Updated October 21, 2014.