Huaiyin Li, PhD (UCLA), is Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Village Governance in North China, 1875–1936 (Stanford University Press, 2005), Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948–2008 (Stanford University Press, 2009), Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing (University of Hawai`i Press, 2013), The Making of the Modern Chinese State, 1600–1950 (Routledge, 2020), and The Master in Bondage: Factory Workers in China, 1949–2019 (Stanford University Press, 2023). He is also editor of the Brill book series ‘Rethinking Socialism and Reform in China’ and ‘Historical Studies of Contemporary China’.

The Master in Bondage: A Conversation with Huaiyin Li

In The Master in Bondage: Factory Workers in China, 1949–2019 (Stanford University Press, 2023), Huaiyin Li reconstructs the realities of worker performance and factory governance under Mao Zedong and after. Drawing from fresh data collected through oral histories, he reassesses the extent to which Chinese workers were becoming ‘the masters’ in the People’s Republic of […]

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