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

ESSAYS

There and Back Again: Conceptualising the Chinese Gold Rush in Ghana

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Nicholas Loubere and Gordon Crawford

In 2013, the Ghanaian government initiated a crackdown on Chinese nationals engaging in small-scale gold mining in the country. In both the media and popular discourse the Chinese miners were depicted as feeding into corruption, destroying the environment and stealing resources from marginal sectors of Ghanaian society. However, we still do not know much about who these miners were.

PODCASTS

To the Diamond Mountains and Beyond

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Tessa Morris-Suzuki

In this second episode of the Tianxia Podcast Series, we will take you on a trip through time in the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ of North Korea with Tessa Morris-Suzuki. Tessa is Professor of Japanese History, but she has wide-ranging research interests related to the societies, cultures, and economies of the countries in Northeast Asia.