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.

Yangyang Cheng

Yangyang Cheng is a Research Scholar in Law and a Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, where her work focuses on the development of science and technology in China and US‒China relations. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, MIT Technology Review, and WIRED, and have received several awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She is a co-host, writer, and producer of the narrative podcast series Dissident at the Doorstep, from Crooked Media. Born and raised in China, Cheng received her PhD in physics from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China’s School for the Gifted Young. Before joining Yale, she worked on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for more than a decade, most recently at Cornell University, and as an LHC Physics Center Distinguished Researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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.

Maria Repnikova

Maria Repnikova is an Associate Professor in Global Communication, and the inaugural William C. Pate Chair in Strategic Communication at Georgia State University. She has written widely on China's media politics, including propaganda, critical journalism, digital nationalism, and soft power. She is the author of Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2017), as well as Chinese Soft Power (Cambridge Global China Element Series, 2022). Other than working on China, Repnikova does comparative work on information politics in China and Russia. Most recently, she has been researching and completing a monograph on China’s image-building in Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia.

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.

Chenchen Zhang

Chenchen Zhang is an assistant professor in international relations at Durham University. Her current research interests span postcolonial nationalism, the global right, and Chinese digital discourse. She is a co-editor of Geopolitics and co-host of the Shicha podcast.


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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