This Friday, August 16th, George Katsiaficas author of The Subversion of Politics and The Imagination of the New Left, is coming to Seattle to read from the second volume of his work Asia’s Unknown Uprisings (first volume here on Korea). He will be speaking at Left Bank Books (92 Pike St, Seattle) at 7:30PM.
Katsiaficas’ new book is an impressive survey of social and labor struggles in nine places —the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia.
The PM Press description reads: “While the 2011 Arab Spring is well known, the wave of uprisings that swept Asia in the 1980s remain hardly visible. Through a critique of Samuel Huntington’s notion of a “Third Wave” of democratization, the author relates Asian uprisings to predecessors in 1968 and shows their subsequent influence on uprisings in Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s. By empirically reconstructing the specific history of each Asian uprising, significant insight into major constituencies of change and the trajectories of these societies becomes visible.”
Here is a review of the book that attempts to summarize some of the content: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/09/a-review-of-asias-unknown-uprisings/