China on Strike is the first English-language book that provides an intimate and revealing window into the lives of workers organizing in China’s most profitable factories -- supplying Apple, Nike, Hewlett Packard, and other multinationals. This book has dozens of interviews with Chinese workers, documenting the processes of migration, changing employment relations, worker culture, and other transformations related to China’s explosive growth.
China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most under-reported labor struggles of our time. Come to hear accounts of class struggle from these two militants, who are in the midst of these struggles.
- Mi Tu has been doing translations of literature on the struggles of workers' in other countries, as well research on workers in China state-owned enterprises, since her university studies. Mi has been working in factories and interviewing her fellow workers, especially those engaged in struggles in the Pearl River Delta. China on Strike has compiled some of these interviews. Mi currently assists the collective actions of workers struggling against occupational diseases.
- Fan Gang has also been working in factories, doing interviews and compiling accounts of workers’ collective struggles in the Pearl River Delta, such as his article "Strikes Over the Relocation of Factories" in 2013.
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA 94609
Thursday, 7 April 2016, 7:00 p.m
- Anthropology & Social Change Department at California Institute of Integral Studies
- Railroad Workers United: some of the authors will participate in the RWU Convention in Chicago 31 March -- 1 April
Other West Coast book talks (with same speakers):
- AFL-CIO Hall, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA, 11 April, 6:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)
- University of Washington Tacoma, 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA, 13 April, 12:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)
- University of Washington Communications Building, Room 120, Seattle, WA, 14 April, 4:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)
East Coast book talks (with different speakers; more details as they're confirmed):
- Hao Ren became interested in Chinese labor rights while she was in university, and after graduating went to work for a labor NGO in the Pearl River Delta. After leaving the organization in 2010, she supported herself by taking a variety of jobs in factories throughout coastal China.
- Manoogian Hall, Wayne State University, Detroit, 5 April, 5:30 p.m. (Facebook announcement)
- Cornell University Ives Hall, ILR Catherwood Library, Kheel Center, room 227 B07, Ithaca NY, 7 April, 4:30 p.m.; Hou Ren will be accompanied by book editor Eli Friedman ( Facebook announcement)
- Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 8 April, 3:00 p.m.(Facebook announcement)
- CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York, 12 April, 7:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)
- Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street, Philadelphia, 13 April, 7:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement[/url])
- Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room B, 100 George Street, Rutgers University, , New Brunswick, NJ, 14 April, 6:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)