Monthly Archives: January 2012

The connection (or lack of one) between the Wukan protests and Occupy Wall Street

Over break I wrote up a short article about Wukan and Occupy Wall Street for Nathan and Eric’s fantastic blog, Waging Nonviolence. It mostly focuses on how Wukan likely isn’t a harbinger for revolution in China–a fact which doesn’t make it any less inspiring. I then examine some of the tactics they used to prove to the Chinese government of their “non-revolutionary” intentions and the successful outcome which came about because of this decision to keep the protest local.

Much credit to the great reporting and commentary by Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph UK, Charles Custer of China Geeks, and Ian Johnson of NYRB, which greatly sharpened my thinking on the topic.