"Striking to Survive: Workers' Resistance [in China]" book talks, San Francisco Bay Area, 7-11 October 2018

Striking to Survive book tour

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:

Publisher announcement:

Book review:


    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.



6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA 94609
Sunday, 7 October 2018, 3:00 p.m


2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704
Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 7:30 p.m


Conference Rooms A and B, Hinson Campus Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino CA 95014
Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:30 a.m
De Anza Student Body(DASB)
VIDA and the De Anza Political Science Department


1680 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94102
Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 7:00 p.m


Student Union, Meeting Rooms 2A & 2B
One Washington Square, San Jose CA 95192
Thursday, 11 October 2018,12:00 p.m


Asian American Activities Center
Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford CA 94305
Thursday, 11 October 2018, 7:00 p.m

Sponsored by:

East Coast book talks:

    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.
    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.

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Supply Chain Re...
Sep 12 2018 04:49



  • Countering the popular myth that Chinese workers are “stealing American jobs,” Striking to Survive documents deindustrialization in China’s Pearl River Delta and struggles by workers there to hold on to their livelihoods and their pensions."

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Sep 22 2018 20:33

So lame, Ithaca is only a 2 hour drive for me and I would have dipped out of work for this if I hadn't just seen this a day to late. Any chance of one of these talks being recorded?

Supply Chain Re...
Sep 23 2018 05:10
eugene wrote:
So lame, Ithaca is only a 2 hour drive for me and I would have dipped out of work for this if I hadn't just seen this a day to late. Any chance of one of these talks being recorded?

Sorry you couldn't make it. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, none of the events will be recorded. But we would suggest that you acquire the book, read it over the next 2 weeks, and post questions right here as the authors will be staying with some of us out west next month and we could pose the questions to them personally and post their replies here on this thread.

Sep 23 2018 05:12
Supply Chain Research wrote:
But we would suggest that you acquire the book . . .

Rumor has it that pirated e-book versions are available on libgen.io

Sep 23 2018 18:33

That books looks really interesting; ordered my copy in dead-tree format just now. I wish I could make one of the talk, but alas they're all too far away for me.