Chuǎng #1 - dead generations (July 2016)

Chuǎng #1 - dead generations (July 2016)

First issue of 'Chuang', focused on China, with a theoretical approach influenced by the ultra-left/communisation.

闯 Chuǎng: The image of a horse breaking through a gate. Meaning: To break free; To attack, charge; To break through, force one’s way in or out; To act impetuously. 闯关 (chuǎngguān): to run a blockade. 闯座 (chuǎngzuò): to attend a feast without being invited.

Over the past three decades, China has transformed from an isolated state-planned economy into an integrated hub of capitalist production. Waves of new investment are reshaping and deepening China’s contradictions, creating billionaires like Ma Yun while the millions below — those who farm, cook, clean, and assemble his electronic infrastructure — struggle to escape fates of endless grueling work. But as China’s wealthy feast ever more lavishly, the poor have begun to batter down the gates to the banquet hall. 闯 is the sudden movement when the gate is broken and the possibilities for a new world emerge beyond it.

闯 Chuǎng will publish a journal analyzing the ongoing development of capitalism in China, its historical roots, and the revolts of those crushed beneath it. Chuǎng is also a blog chronicling these developments in shorter and more immediate form, and will publish translations, reports, and comments on Chinese news of interest to those who want to break beyond the bounds of the slaughterhouse called capitalism.


Editorial: A Thousand Li
Sorghum and Steel: The Socialist Developmental Regime and the Forging of China
Introduction: Transitions
1. Precedents
2. Development
3. Ossification
4. Ruination
Conclusion: Unbinding
Gleaning the Welfare Fields: Rural Struggles in China since 1959
Revisiting the Wukan Uprising of 2011: An Interview with Zhuang Liehong
No Way Forward, No Way Back: China in the Era of Riots
“The Future is Hidden within these Realities”: Selected Translations from Factory Stories
1. Preface to Factory Stories Issue 1, January 2012
2. One Day by “I Love Cilantro” (Wo Ai Xiangcai)
3. Looking Back on Twenty Years in Shenzhen’s Factories by Hao Ren
4. Layoffs and Labor Shortages by Wang Xiaolin

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Feb 28 2017 11:11


  • theoretical framework is drawn from the work of similar editorial collectives such as Endnotes, Sic, Kosmoprolet and others who speak of communism in the present tense"


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