The Made in China Journal (MIC) is an Open Access biannual publication dedicated to all facets of politics and society in mainland China and the Sinophone world at large.

MIC first began in 2012 as a monthly newsletter aimed at spreading awareness of labour issues in China among Italian trade union officials. In 2016, as the editorial board grew to include more activists and early-career researchers, the newsletters was reimagined as a proper journal with the current broader focus. From that point on, the project quickly developed in previously unforeseen directions, including not only the journal, but also book series, summer schools, interactive maps, and documentaries.

MIC and all its spin-off projects rest 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 journal that you see today is published in partnership with ANU Press and is the result of a collaborative effort by the following editorial board.



Ivan Franceschini

Ivan Franceschini is an incoming lecturer at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. He is a founder and co-editor of the Made in China Journal and The People’s Map of Global China / Global China Pulse. His latest books include Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi (ANU Press and Verso Books, 2019), Xinjiang Year Zero (ANU Press, 2021), Proletarian China: A Century of Chinese Labour (Verso Books, 2022), and Global China as Method (Cambridge University Press, 2022). With Tommaso Facchin, he co-directed the documentaries Dreamwork China (2011) and Boramey: Ghosts in the Factory (2021). He is currently working on a new book on modern slavery in the online scam industry in East and Southeast Asia.

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 researcher focusing on labour and employment relations, collective actions, and civil society in China.

Lili Lin

Lili Lin obtained her PhD in Cultural Studies from Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at a higher-education institution in mainland China. Her research interests include labour, gender, and popular culture in contemporary 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 a Lecturer of Global China at the University of Cambridge. 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 China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 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


Arthur Kaufman


Jan Borrie



The Made in China Journal is an Open Access publication on Chinese politics and society. This project is supported by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, and the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The views expressed are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Lund University, LSE, or the institutions to which the authors are affiliated.

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