China's Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

September 12, 2014 11:53 AM

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China's Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

BEIJING -- For a nominally socialist country, China has many of the trappings of a capitalist paradise. With independent unions banned and the hundreds of millions of migrant workers divided by competitive pressures, most social currents run counter to the Marxist exhortation "Workers of the world unite!"

But on the outskirts of Beijing, art collectives that combine labor, theater and radical politics are trying to change that. The New Workers' Art Collective and a network of art education groups serving Beijing's peripheral population are using theater as a means to empower and build class conscious...

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