College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Han Dongfang: Workers' Rights & Labor Activism in China

Mason Hall, D003 A & B
April 1, 2013, 7:00 PM

Labor tension has become a much debated issue, and the debate has encompassed the relationship between increasingly globalized divisions of labor, networks of supply and production, and consumerism. In recent years, the US media has focused squarely on working conditions at the factories of Apple’s global partner and biggest manufacturer, Foxconn. 

In light of these developments, we are delighted to welcome Mr. Han Dongfang to George Mason University to speak about his experiences and ongoing efforts to defend and promote workers’ rights in the People’s Republic of China.

The evening will begin with a reception and light refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The program itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. with presentation by Mr. Han, who has received numerous international awards, including the 1993 Democracy Award from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy. He was instrumental in establishing the first non-state organized labor union in the People’s Republic of China during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations of 1989 and was subsequently imprisoned for nearly 2 years without trial for his role in that historic event. Since his release from prison, Han Dongfang and his team at the Hong Kong-based China Labor Bulletin (which he co-founded in 1994) have been working closely with migrant workers, labor union leaders, and various NGOs to advocate for workers’ rights in China.

This event was made possible with sponsorship by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History and Art History, the Program in Global Affairs, the Department of Public and International Affairs, and the Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, as well as with support from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’s Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), which is funded by the Henry Luce and C.V. Starr Foundations.

The event is free and open to students, faculty and the general public.

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