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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.

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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 cliché, a stereotypical view of China—with the concept of ‘heresy’—an unorthodox view aimed at challenging a given truth.

PODCAST

Igor de Rachewiltz: Of Tartar Princesses, Poets, and Great Khans of the Mongols

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Tianxia Podcast Series

In this first episode of the Tianxia Podcast Series, we will take you to the Mongolian steppe with renowned Italian Mongolist Igor de Rachewiltz. Among other things, we discuss Igor’s long-term fascination with the East, his family’s connections with the Golden Horde, his relationship with Ezra Pound, and his views of Genghis Khan and of the Mongol Empire at the time of Marco Polo. Igor sadly passed away as the podcast was in preparation—we hope that it will serve as a proper tribute to an amazing scholar and wonderful human being.

FORUM

Interpreting the Rule of Law in China

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Elisa Nesossi

With its ample resonance both within China and internationally, the ‘rule of law’ (yifa zhiguo) is an expression that can justify the most disparate justice reforms. Through a discussion between three experts on the historical and ideological development of socio-legal issues in China this Forum aims at reframing our understanding of Xi’s ‘rule of law’ agenda and enriching our sense of the meaning of this contested expression in the contemporary political context.