Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China addresses the question of why there are so many strikes in China today and whether they add up to a "labor movement." Against the backdrop of a recent wave of factory closures in the Pearl River Delta, this book dispels the myth that Chinese workers are "stealing American jobs" and asks how solidarity between workers on both sides of the Pacific can be built.
The struggles of these workers in China’s industrial centers are shaping the future of labor and workers' power not only in China but throughout the world. These vivid stories of workers at factories that supply multinational corporations Walmart and Uniqlo, compiled by worker-activists and circulated underground, provide a unique, on-the-ground perspective on the most recent wave of militancy among China’s enormous working class.
Striking to Survive includes a uniquely fine-grained account of the strike organized by "Delegate Wu" -- a worker activist who served more than a year in prison after the strike ended. The New York Times has produced this video (linked below) about Delegate Wu, which gives a sense of his work:
- Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China
By Fan Shigang
Introduction by Sam Austin and Pun Ngai
- Labor Notes: "Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories"
- Fan Shigang was born into a family of workers for state-owned enterprises in a northern Chinese city. He has worked as a basic-level employee in several machining factories. He is a contributor to the underground labor periodical, Factory Stories, conducting interviews with factory workers in southern China, documenting their lives, work, and struggles.
- Li Wen has worked in electronics and jewelry factories in southern China. She interviews and documents the experience of factory workers who've joined collective struggles, and pays particular attention to issues of occupational injury and disease.
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Sunday, 7 October 2018, 3:00 p.m
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Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 7:30 p.m
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:30 a.m
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 7:00 p.m
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Thursday, 11 October 2018,12:00 p.m
Asian American Activities Center
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- Anthropology & Social Change Department at California Institute of Integral Studies
East Coast book talks:
- Cornell University ILR, Ives Hall Faculty Wing, #281 Doherty Loungue, Ithaca NY, 21 September, 4:30 p.m.
- Pennsylvania State University, Keller Building Room 502, 304 Fischer Rd., State College PA, 24 September, 11:30 a.m.
- The People's Forum, 320 West 37th Street, New York NY, 24 September, 6:00 p.m.
- CUNY, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor -- Room 18A, NewYork NY, 25 September, 12:00 p.m.
- Temple University, 821 Anderson Hall Women's Studies Lounge, 1835 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 26 September, 2:00 p.m.
- Johns Hopkins University, Mergenthaler Hall Room 526, Baltimore MD, 27 September, 1:30 p.m.
- Red Emma's, 1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore MD, 27 September, (evening: t.b.d.)
Midwest book talks::
- Columbia College, Hokin Hall Room 109, 623 S. Wabash, Chicago IL, 29 September, 4:00 p.m.