01.24.2006

The East Asian Class Struggle in World Perspective

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Date/Time: 24/01/2006 12:00 am


The East Asian Class Struggle in World Perspective – talk by Loren Goldner at
New SPACE, NYC, Jan 24, 7pm OpenPublishing | Calendar
Submitted by Ben on Monday, 9 January, 2006 – 11:40
Start: 24/01/2006 – 7:00pm
End: 24/01/2006 – 10:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT
The New SPACE (The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education)
Presents:
THE EAST ASIAN CLASS STRUGGLE IN WORLD PERSPECTIVE
A talk by Loren Goldner
Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.
In 2004, reports the New York Times, there were 74,000 riots in China. The
countryside and China’s floating population of 100 million peasants, driven off
the land to seek work in the cities, are a powder keg poised to explode. The
Chinese state is using every means at its disposal to keep the outbursts local,
so far with success. In China, South Korea and throughout East Asia, the
working class remains on the defensive. Despite a capitalist boom extending
back to the ‘market socialist’ turn of 1978, China’s industrial working class
has lost 22 million jobs. In South Korea, after the explosive strikes of the
late 1980’s and the Asian crisis and IMF bailout of 1997-1998, the working
class has been rolled back, and casualized workers make up more than 50% of the
labor force.
These developments are closely intertwined with geopolitical realities of world
import. The U.S. is widely perceived as a declining power in Asia, and has been
using every tool available to keep the region off balance, from the Taiwan
question to confrontation with North Korea to the growing nationalisms in
China, Korea and Japan.
We will explore these simmering class and geopolitical contradictions, situating
them in the context of the ‘great game’ in Eurasia, in which U.S. strategy aims
at control of the perimeters of Russia and China, from the Baltic to Japan, and
preventing the emergence of an independent East Asian economic powerhouse
capable of throwing off it’s influence. While the recent ASEAN conference in
Malaysia was a symbolic gesture and East Asia is still far from overcoming
national antagonisms, virtually every thread of the contemporary world
situation passes through the class struggle in the region. Led by China, East
Asia may well be to the world revolution of the 2lst century what Russia was to
the 20th.
Loren Goldner, a NYC based writer and activist, spent the fall of 2005 in South
Korea preparing a short history of the Korean working class since the 1980’s.
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