Fan Shigang, Independent Activist Co-sponsored by the Arrighi Center for Global Studies
“The struggles of workers in China’s industrial centers are shaping the future of labor and democracy not only in China but throughout the world. Chinese worker-activists Fan Shigang and Li Wen will provide a unique, on-the ground perspective on the most recent wave of militancy among China’s enormous working class.” Fan Shigang was born into a family of workers for state-owned enterprises in a northern Chinese city. He has worked as a basic-level employee in several machining factories. He is a contributor to the underground labor periodical, Factory Stories, conducting interviews with factory workers in southern China, documenting their lives.