In the last few years, the Chinese labour movement has witnessed significant developments, not only with the occurrence of some of the largest strikes in decades but also the emergence of grave challenges for workers and activists. Made in China is an open access journal that springs from the belief that this calls for more serious analysis from both scholars and practitioners, as well for a critical engagement with a broader international audience interested in forging international solidarity.


No expertise comes without constant doubt and a willingness to challenge established truths. Chinoiresie represents our attempt to question some of today’s understandings and certainties about China. It blends the image of a ‘chinoiserie’—a foreign interpretation and imitation of Chinese artistic traditions, a term that over time has come to assume the meaning of a clichè, a stereotypical view of China—with the concept of ‘heresy’—an unorthodox view aimed at challenging a given truth.


The Chinese Working Class: Made, Unmade, in Itself, for Itself, or None of the Above?


William Hurst

China’s working class has undergone several rounds of momentous change over the past century. But what has this all meant for interest intermediation or political representation for labour in China? In order to address these questions, we must understand the fractured and segmented history of the Chinese working class, as well as its rapidly homogenising present.


Paradise under Construction


Christian Sorace

In Behemoth, director Zhao Liang combines a poetic apocalyptic vision with documentary footage from Inner Mongolia’s grasslands. His camera surveys landscapes that have been destroyed by mining operations in order to fuel China’s breakneck urbanisation, which itself appears as a shimmering, uninhabitable fantasy. Through a conversation with him, this essay explores the roles of aesthetics, politics, and history in the age of the Anthropocene.