Apr 12th, 2017 by Gao

Brian Hioe: A Red Star Over China? (New Bloom) 丘琦欣:紅星照耀中國?(破土)

Perhaps one of the most significant intellectual formations operating in today’s world, China’s New Left arose in the 1990s in opposition to the turn of China away from a centrally planned economy and a return to free market principles after the Deng Xiaoping period. More broadly, the New Left project emphasizes the growing disparities between rural and urban areas in post-Deng China, the sacrifice of principles of equality in order to drive toward development, and calls for a critical revaluation of China’s Maoist legacy in light of China’s present—inclusive of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.
What is “New Left” is hard to pin down. The name “New Left” was a term appropriated from conservative critics who were quick to claim the New Left to be some form of resurgent Red Guard fanaticism. In that sense, “New Left” may be a misleading term, insofar as the Chinese New Left is a contemporary phenomenon, and one with little to do with the western New Left of the late 1960s. The New Left largely consists of academics, many of which have studied abroad and are influenced by forms of western critical theory. The New Left finds itself in opposition to the “Liberals” who welcome China’s capitalization and call for the institution of western style political reforms along the lines of America or of western European powers.

中國的新左派可說是當代世界中最重要的知識分子群體之一,他們在 1990 年代因為反對中國在鄧小平時代過後放棄計畫經濟,轉向自由市場原理而竄起。更大程度上,新左派的研究課題著重於後鄧小平時期城鄉差距的持續擴大,以及為求發展而犧牲平等原則,並呼籲對毛澤東時代的遺產進行批判性再評價以回應當前局勢,其中包括大躍進和文化大革命。
   「新左派」究竟是什麼,其實很難明確定義。「新左派」一名取自於那些急於將新左派定性為某種紅衛兵狂熱再現的保守派批評者。照那樣說來,「新左派」這個詞恐怕會產生誤導,因為中國的新左派是個當代現象,和 1960 年代晚期西方的新左派幾乎毫無關聯。新左派的成員大多是學者,其中很多人都曾出國留學,受到各種西方批判理論影響。新左派與歡迎中國走向資本主義化,呼籲依照美國及西歐強國的路線進行西方式政治改革的「自由派」彼此對立。

Brian Hioe: Anti-Capitalist Within China, Imperialist Outside of China? (New Bloom) 丘琦欣:中國國內的反資本主義者,出了境外卻是帝國主義者?(破土)

From a left perspective, the Chinese New Left’s critique of capitalism remains quite sympathetic when confined to within China’s borders. With the recent arrest of labor activists in Guangzhou, Chinese New Left publication Ground Breaking, for example, was one of the first to rally for support—even at risk to itself. Ground Breaking has reacted similarly in past incidents in which the Chinese state acts on behalf of capital and against the interests of the working class. Perhaps in this respect, given the threat of state suppression, they are to be praised for their bravery on certain issues. It is the New Left’s international viewpoints, concerning outside of China, which may ultimately be most problematic.

從左翼觀點來看,新左派對資本主義的批判多少還是能引人共鳴的,只要它的適用範圍限於中國國內。比方說,近日多位勞工運動者在廣州被逮捕之後,中國新左派的網刊「破土」(Ground Breaking,GB)是首先發動聲援的,卻不顧自身同樣面臨風險。而在過去幾次中國政府為資本利益護航,侵害工人階級利益的事件之中,「破土」也採取了同樣的行動。或許就這點來說,考慮到國家鎮壓的威脅,他們確實應當為了勇於聲援某些議題而得到讚揚。可是新左派的國際主義觀點一旦涉及境外議題,恐怕就再令人存疑不過了。

Chris Buckley: Maoists for Trump? In China, Fans Admire His Nationalist Views (New York Times) 储百亮:特朗普的出现让中国毛左为之一振(New York Times)

They protest, picket and sing to defend Mao’s memory, yearning for the East to be red again. But lately some of China’s Maoists are finding inspiration in an unlikely insurgent in the West: Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Trump “has torn up the old rules of the ruling elites, not just of the capitalist West,” said Zhang Hongliang, a polemicist who is the loudest proponent of what could be loosely called “Maoists for Trump.” In a recent essay, Mr. Zhang lauded the American president as being alone among national leaders daring “to openly promote the political ideas of Chairman Mao.”
President Xi Jinping of China will be sizing up Mr. Trump during a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida this week, in the leaders’ first summit meeting. Meanwhile, many ordinary Chinese people have also been taking the measure of the new American president and have been bewildered, incensed and yet, sometimes, inspired.
The global wave of nationalist, anti-establishment sentiment that Mr. Trump rode to power has washed ashore in China, encouraging a hard-left fringe that is hostile to capitalism and Western influence, and that the Communist Party has long sought to cultivate — and contain.

北京——他们用抗议、纠察和歌唱来捍卫对毛泽东的记忆,渴望再现东方红。但最近,让中国的一些毛派人士为之一振的,是西方世界里的一个出人意料的叛逆者:唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)。

Feb 10th, 2015 by Gao

Eli Friedman: The Primary Contradiction (Jacobin)

“It’s a golden period to be a leftist in China.” At least that was the assessment of Minzu University of China professor and well-known Maoist Zhang Hongliang in a recent New York Times article. The article went on to suggest that “leftist voices are back in vogue,” while other media outlets have reported widely on President Xi Jinping’s call for more Marxism in the universities. And the Politburo has been holding study sessions to brush up on their dialectical materialism.
But unfortunately, there are more than enough reasons to doubt this analysis.
To begin with, Xi Jinping’s originally ambiguous slogan, the “China Dream,” has come to be officially defined as the “great revival of the Chinese race.” The imperial yearning implicit in this phrase has ominous implications for its neighbors as well as ethnic minorities within China.
Economically, the government is preparing another round of marketization to prop up the flagging debt-fueled growth that China has heavily relied on in recent years. These reforms will include a major wave of privatization of state-owned firms, further commodification of land, reduction in pensions for public employees, and an extension of free trade.
The working class and peasantry remain politically excluded and are viewed with deep suspicion by the state…
Leading Maoist Han Deqiang recently wrote, “The China Dream is the dream of Chinese people. It will inevitably have strong characteristics of nationalism rather than universal values.”

Chris Buckley, Andrew Jacobs: Maoists in China, Given New Life, Attack Dissent (New York Times)

China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s traditionalist tilt and emboldened by internal party decrees that have declared open season on Chinese academics, artists and party cadres seen as insufficiently red…
“It’s a golden period to be a leftist in China,” Zhang Hongliang, a prominent neo-Maoist, said in an interview. “Xi Jinping has ushered in a fundamental change to the status quo, shattering the sky.”

AP: Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner attacked for ‚racist‘ Chinese joke (Guardian)

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner caused a furore on Wednesday by joking about her hosts’ accents while on a state visit to China seeking badly needed investment.

APA: Argentiniens Präsidentin spottet über chinesische Aussprache (Standard)

Wang Hui | Cui Jian | Arbeitswelt | Schulwesen
Jan 20th, 2014 by Gao

En Liang Khong: After the party: an interview with Wang Hui (openDemocracy)

The luminary of China’s emergent “New Left” speaks to openDemocracy about the lessons of labour unrest, the Cultural Revolution as taboo, and post-party politics.

歌曲未通过审查 崔健退出马年春晚(财讯)


China protest singer Cui Jian pulls out of TV gala (BBC)

Chinese singer Cui Jian, one of whose songs became an anthem of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has pulled out of a major show on state TV. …
His manager You You said that he withdrew after organisers tried to censor his performance.
In 1989, he had performed to protesting students in Tiananmen Square, who took up his song Nothing to My Name.
Cui Jian had wanted to sing the song during the gala, but the organisers said he would have to choose another, You You told AP. …
His manager says that he has been asked to perform on national TV before.
But she adds these events sometimes fall through because Cui Jian refuses to lip sync.

Jamie Merrill: China’s rock rebel Cui Jian gets the Party startled (Independent)
APA: Chinesischer Rockstar Cui Jian sagte Auftritt bei Staatsgala ab (Standard)

Zwei etwas ältere Artikel, die aus Versehen bisher nicht hier gelandet sind:
Rolf Geffken: Arbeit in China: Harmonie & Konflikt – Ein Konferenzbericht (China Observer)

Noch während Mitte Dezember 2013 die chinesischen Medien über Ausgabenkürzungen der öffentlichen Haushalte, eine Reduzierung der Kreditaufnahme und eine Erhöhung des Renteneintrittsalters berichteten, ging in Beijing eine hochrangige Wirtschaftskonferenz zu Ende, die der Umsetzung der Beschlüsse des 3. Plenums des 18. Zentralkomitees der KP Chinas diente. Offensichtlich steht die Wirtschaft Chinas an einem Scheideweg. Der Pfad des jahrelangen Wachstums scheint einer möglichen Stagnation zu weichen. Schon fordern chinesische Wirtschaftsexperten eine verstärkte “Erhöhung der Produktivität” anstelle von anhaltendem Wirtschaftswachstum und einer anhaltenden Steigerung der Staatsausgaben.
In der Sprache des Kapitals bedeutet die Erhöhung von Produktivität vor allem: die Reduzierung von Kosten bei gleichzeitiger Erhöhung des Produktionsergebnisses. Technische Innovation ist dabei nur ein Stichwort. Aktuelle Umfragen etwa unter deutschen Konsumenten zeigen das Qualitätsdefizit chinesischer Produkte auf dem Weltmarkt auf. Zweifellos wird die jetzt bevorstehende Qualitätsoffensive in China auch und gerade auf die Reduzierung der Arbeitskosten abzielen. Weniger qualifizierte Arbeitskräfte werden entlassen werden. Die bisherige Welle von Lohnerhöhungen dürfte einstweilen gestoppt werden. Ob dies auf Gegenliebe bei der arbeitenden Bevölkerung Chinas stößt, ist allerdings fraglich. Im Gegenteil: Eine Verschärfung der sozialen Konflikte, in Sonderheit der Arbeitskonflikte, erscheint vorprogrammiert.

Liz Carter: Chinese Literature Textbooks Modified to Curb ‘Deep Thinking’ (Tea Leaf Nation)

Recent changes to China’s teaching curriculum have made the news: an essay by the father of modern Chinese literature, Lu Xun (1881 – 1936), has gone missing from new editions of middle school textbooks. Citing the need for more “age-appropriate” material, the People’s Education Press has removed Lu Xun’s essay “The Kite” from its most recent edition, replacing it with an essay entitled “Autumn Nostalgia” by Shi Tiesheng. …
An article analyzing the changes published by Xinhua News Agency, China’s state-run media, noted that, “Middle school students should not be reading anything too deep.” Zhao Yu, an author quoted in the article, voiced his agreement with the decision, stating that, “We shouldn’t make students undertake reflection and critical thinking too soon; instead, we should let them gradually accumulate knowledge.”

Bo Xilai | „Neue Linke“ | LGBTQ-Rechte
Aug 20th, 2013 by Gao

Tania Branigan: Neil Heywood case: forensic scientist who raised doubts over conviction quits (Guardian)

A leading Chinese forensic scientist who questioned Gu Kailai’s conviction for murdering the British businessman Neil Heywood has resigned days before Gu’s husband, Bo Xilai, goes on trial.

Tang Xiaobing (Rezensent): Ban Wang, Jie Lu (Hg.): China and New Left Visions: Political and Cultural Interventions (MCLC)

Peter Lee: Diverging Strategies on Religious and Anti-Gay Bigotry in Russia and China (China Matters)

Goldabbau in Ghana | Jin Wei über Tibet | Interview mit Wang Hui
Jul 9th, 2013 by Gao

Yang Jiao: Chinese Illegal Gold Miners in Ghana (China in Africa)

This is not the first time Chinese illegal miners were detained in Ghana, but certainly the most intense since Ghana’s last election. Large influx of Chinese miners in mineral-rich African countries is rare. But the incident in Ghana points to vulnerabilities in the governance of resources and state control of transnational capital and migration as China and many African countries embrace neoliberal economic policies.

紀碩鳴:中共中央黨校社科教研部靳薇教授 重啟談判解決涉藏問題《亞洲週刊》/毕研韬)


Bold new proposals (Economist)

Welcome signs that some officials are at last starting to question policies on Tibet

pra: „Instrumentalisierte“ Selbstverbrennungen in Tibet (Standard)
Gabriele Battaglia: China, a new equality and the world. A conversation with Wang Hui (Asia Times)

We all know [in China] there is a crisis of equality, but how to define it? At the end of the ’70s, China’s socialism was in crisis, so some people attacked equality, especially the state-owned enterprises, by suggesting a new liberal agenda: privatization, property rights and so on.
At the same time they suggested a new kind of equality, calling it „equality of opportunities“ and the legal frame followed. But this came to be the legitimation of an unequal process. Everybody can see how the workers suffered from privatization, which started in the mid-’90s when they became unemployed and the compensation was very low or none at all. On behalf of the market we had deprivation, they took away rights and property from the hands of labor while arguing for equality of opportunities.

Foxconn-Streik | China 3.0 | Nánfāng zhōumò | Afrika | Korea
Jan 17th, 2013 by Gao

Strike erupted over dire working conditions at Foxconn (Sacom)
Jennifer Cheung: As economy picks up China’s workers start to demand higher wages (China Labour Bulletin)

Mark Leonard (Hg.): China 3.0 (European Council on Foreign Relations)

Jonathan Kaiman: China’s Southern Weekly newspaper reappears after censorship standoff (Guardian)
Brian Spegele, Paul Mozur: As Southern Weekly Debate Continues, Foreigners Blamed (Wall Street Journal)

Deborah Bräutigam: Is US FDI to Africa more transparent than China’s? (China in Africa)

Rüdiger Frank: Changes in North Korea: For Better or Worse? (38 North)

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