A Precarious Worker-Student Alliance in Xi’s China

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How did workers and students defend trade union rights at Jasic Technology based in Shenzhen beginning from summer 2018? When worker leaders faced managerial retaliation and police brutality, a group of young Maoists and Marxists composed primarily of Chinese university students and recent graduates, formed the Jasic Workers Support Group. As it evolved, the widening crackdown on left-wing student associations, labor rights groups, and social service organizations exemplified deepening state repression through 2019. The worker-student alliance as illustrated by the case of Jasic, while precarious and short-lived, reignited a century-long Chinese revolutionary legacy. It also offers a rare glimpse of a contemporary transnational labor and student network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-190
Number of pages26
JournalChina Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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