China

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 anarcho-syndicalist movement in China in 1910s and 1920s - Vadim Damier

Notes on the early 20th century history of anarcho-syndicalism in China by Vadim Damier.

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.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (April 2014)

Workers at a shoe factory supplying many global brands on strike in China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during April 2014 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

China's 1989 in a world of uprisings

Occupation of Tiananmen square, 1989

Introduction and chapter 5 of Asia's Unknown Uprisings (Volume 2) by George Katsiaficas. The introduction summarizes the sequence of "people power" movements throughout Asia from 1986 to 1998 in relation to the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Chapter 5 recounts and analyzes China's "Democracy" Movement of 1989 (often known in English as "Tiananmen").

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.

Dispatches for the New York Tribune: selected journalism of Karl Marx

Karl Marx is arguably the most famous political philosopher of all time, but he was also one of the great foreign correspondents of the nineteenth century. Drawing on his eleven-year tenure at the New York Tribune (which began in 1852), this completely new collection presents Marx's writings on an abundance of topics, from issues of class and state to world affairs. Particularly moving pieces highlight social inequality and starvation in Britain, while others explore his groundbreaking views on the slave and opium trades. Throughout, Marx's fresh perspective on nineteenth-century events reveals a social consciousness that remains inspiring to this day.

Strike at world's largest sports shoe maker in Dongguan, China

Yue Yuan strike, April 23, 2014

A strike against Yue Yuan International, world's large manufacturer of sport shoes, began on April 14, 2014. It now includes 60,000 workers at all seven factories in the Dongguan complex.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (March 2014)

Students opposed to a trade deal with China occupy the Taiwanese parliament

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during March 2014 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.