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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.

The Made in China that you see today is published in partnership with ANU Press and is the result of a collaborative effort by the following group of scholars and activists:



Ivan Franceschini

Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Australian National University. His research mainly focuses on labour activism in China and on the social impacts of Chinese engagements in Cambodia. He is the founder and co-editor of the Made in China Journal and The People’s Map of Global China. His latest books are the co-edited volumes Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi (ANU Press and Verso Books, 2019), Xinjiang Year Zero (ANU Press, 2021), and Proletarian China: A Century of Chinese Labour (Verso Books, 2022). With Tommaso Facchin, he co-directed the documentaries Dreamwork China (2011) and Boramey: Ghosts in the Factory (2021).


Nicholas Loubere

Nicholas Loubere is an Associate Professor 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.


Darren Byler

Darren Byler is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of an ethnography titled Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City (Duke University Press, 2021) and a narrative-driven book titled In the Camps: China’s High-Tech Penal Colony (Columbia Global Reports, 2021), as well as the co-editor of Xinjiang Year Zero (ANU Press, 2021). His current research interests are focused on infrastructure development and global China in the context of Xinjiang and Malaysia.

Yige Dong

Yige Dong is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Gender & Sexuality Studies, University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research focuses on labour, gender, and technology in China from the socialist era to the present.

Kevin Lin

Kevin Lin is a visiting research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include labour and employment relations, collective actions, and civil society in China.

Andrea Enrico Pia

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.

Holly Snape

Holly Snape is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow. She is currently attempting to understand the Chinese Party-state relationship and how it shapes the political system. She is also interested in civil society, social activism, and political discourse.

Christian Sorace

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) and the co-editor of Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi (ANU Press and Verso Books, 2019) and Proletarian China: One Century of Chinese Labour (Verso Books, 2022). He is currently conducting research on the urbanisation of the grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China, and ger districts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Shui-yin Sharon Yam

Shui-yin Sharon Yam is Associate Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is a diasporic Hongkonger, and the author of Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship (Ohio State University Press, 2019). Her research focuses on transnational rhetorics, political emotions, gender, and race.

Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and fellow at the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program. Her research interests include China’s political economy, international development cooperation and foreign aid, and the global expansion of Chinese state-owned enterprises.


Tommaso Facchin


Jamie Liu


Sharon Strange



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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