China

Shanghai on strike: the politics of Chinese labor

cover of shanghai on strike

Classic book by Elizabeth Perry on working-class formation during the industrialization of Shanghai from 1839 to 1949, including insight into the strike wave and insurrections of 1926-1927.

The poetry and brief life of a Foxconn worker: Xu Lizhi (1990-2014)

xu lizhi

Translations of poems by Xu Lizhi (许立志), the Foxconn worker who took his own life on 30 September 2014, at the age of 24, in Shenzhen, China. Also includes an obituary with some explanatory notes.

Between the competition and the capitalists: Guangzhou’s taxi driver strike

Many of Guangzhou's 40,000 taxi drivers have been on strike over squeezed pay and excessive competition. The impacts of their strike remain unclear.

No buses are due on Nathan road - Mong Kok occupation 2.0 weekend sum-up

Nathan road opened for traffic round on Friday morning.

A few observations on the current development of the Mong Kok occupation in Hong Kong.

Crackdown in Guizhou leaves two dead, hundreds injured: Boxun

One of the witnesses said the overwhelming number of police, water cannon and police dogs made the square look like a war zone. The number of injured strained the capacity of local hospitals and some patients had to be transferred to other hospitals nearby.

Hotpot, Gods, and "Leftist Pricks": Political Tensions in the Mong Kok Occupation

MK New Estate hotpot

Analysis of events in the Mong Kok occupation (part of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Movement") from October 9 to 11, related to a split between what could roughly be called "left" and "right" factions, regarding "leftist" efforts to expand the movement from a single-issue protest for liberal democracy to a broader movement for the transformation of everyday life.

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.