"China on Strike" book talks, San Francisco Bay Area, 6-7 April 2016

China on Strike book cover

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.


1680 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94102
Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 7:00 p.m


Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA 94609
Thursday, 7 April 2016, 7:00 p.m

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Other West Coast book talks (with same speakers):

    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):

Key speaker:

    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.


    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)
    Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room B, 100 George Street, Rutgers University, , New Brunswick, NJ, 14 April, 6:00 p.m. (Facebook announcement)

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Mar 8 2016 18:58


  • Through the eyes and hearts of these organic intellectuals, readers can feel how a new working class is creating itself in struggles. It will inspire imagination about the future of China, globalization and labor movement." —Chris King-Chi Chan, City University of Hong Kong

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Mar 7 2016 23:02

is this book available online anywhere?

Mar 7 2016 23:32
vicent wrote:
is this book available online anywhere?

Unfortunately, not yet.

But several of the strike reports and interviews that appear in the book are available at the gongchao website: click HERE.

Mar 8 2016 18:37

Please, please, pretty please correct the title of this article. The article says the event ill be on April 7. The title says February 6.

Supply Chain Re...
Mar 8 2016 18:59

Mollymew, thanks so much for pointing that out.

Supply Chain Re...
Mar 29 2016 06:57

New details updated on OP (28 March 2016).