Made in China first began in 2012, as a monthly newsletter in Italian aimed at union officials. In this first iteration, the publication was founded on the belief that spreading awareness of the complexities and nuances underpinning socioeconomic change in contemporary Chinese society is important, especially considering how in today’s globalised world Chinese labour issues have reverberations that go well beyond national borders.
In 2016, thanks to the involvement of a group of early-career China scholars then based at the Australian National University, the newsletter was reimagined as a quarterly journal with a specific focus on Chinese labour and civil society in English language. From that point on, the project quickly developed in previously unforeseen directions, including not only the journal, but also book series, summer schools, and other events.
The Made in China initiative rests on two pillars: the conviction that today more than ever it is necessary to bridge the gap between the scholarly community and the general public, and the related belief that open access is necessary to ethically reappropriate academic research from commercial publishers who restrict the free circulation of ideas.
For a more detailed account of the development of the Made in China project, see this interview with Ivan Franceschini.
The Made in China that you see today is the result of a collaborative effort by the following group of scholars and activists:
Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University. He has been working on Chinese labour activism for over a decade and his current research mainly focuses on China's presence in Cambodia.
Nicholas Loubere is Associate Senior Lecturer at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. His research examines microcredit and digital finance in rural China, and Chinese migration to Africa for resource extraction.
Yige Dong is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She will join the University of Puget Sound as the Suzanne Barnett Chair in Contemporary China Studies and Assistant Professor in International Political Economy in the fall of 2019. Her research focuses on labour, gender, and technology in China from the socialist era to the present.
Nuala Gathercole Lam is a freelance journalist with an interest in civil society and gender in China. Her postgraduate research at the London School of Economics focussed on English-language coverage of China, investigating the translation of journalistic ethics between differing political contexts.
Kevin Lin is China Programme Officer at the International Labor Rights Forum. His research interests focus on labour and employment relations in China's state sector, and China's labour movement and civil society.
Andrea Pia is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the London School of Economics. His first book manuscript follows Yunnanese hydroengineers, street-level bureaucrats, and embattled rural residents as they negotiate with the mounting pressures of China’s many water crises.
Christian Sorace is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado College. He is the author of Shaken Authority: China’s Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake (Cornell University Press, 2017). He is currently conducting research on the urbanisation of the grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China, and ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
This project has been produced with the financial assistance of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), The Australian National University; the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 654852; and the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. The views expressed are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of the European Union, CIW, Lund University, or the institutions to which the authors are affiliated.
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