Wang Hui

Wang Hui is a Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008 by Foreign Policy, and is the author of The End of the Revolution, China’s New Order, The Politics of Imagining Asia,and China’s Twentieth Century.


  • China's Twentieth Century: A reading list on Chinese history, culture and politics

    The New York Times this week reported that labour struggles in China have multiplied over the past year since the countries economy started to slow down. While this may have been news to many in the western media, used to running stories reflecting on the "Chinese model" of development, and the staggering years of double-digit GDP growth, for the left this was less suprising. Organisations like the China Labour Bulletin have been charting and mapping the waves of labour unrest in China for years now. But, this does raise the spectre of how we see China and it's position in relation to global capitalism.

    This week on the Verso blog we'll be highlighting the Verso books in this reading list that cast a critical look at China's history, politics and culture.

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  • Contradiction, Systemic Crisis and the Direction for Change: An Interview with Wang Hui

    Wang Hui is one of China's foremost critical intellectuals. A leading figure of the "Chinese New Left", his work has attempted to chart the intellectual and political conditions of contemporary China. Against the neoliberal restructuring of China, and its official propagandists, Wang's work has remained committed to a left-wing project whose aim has been to take-stock of both the history and the consequences of Chinese modernity.

    In this interview with the journal Foreign Theoretical Trends, originally published in Chinese and included as an appendix to the recently published China's Twentieth Century, Wang discusses the discourses of development in China and across the Global South, the intellectual and political heritage of Maoism, and the hopes for a new anti-capitalist movement globally.

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  • Confronting China’s ghosts: Wang Hui interviewed in openDemocracy

    In a January 13 interview with En Liang Khong, Wang Hui proclaims, “there is a certain political correctness among the left that implies that talking about this history links you to its disasters. This is a cheap way of doing history.”

    For Wang, author of the book The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity, doing history better means confronting China’s political ghosts. From the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square, the nation's history has too often been framed from an elite perspective, masking a complex political underbelly.

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