We have some very exciting news! The Chinese translation of “Capitalism on a Ventilator – The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the US” – originally published in 2020 by World View Forum as a joint project of the International Action Center and the China-US Solidarity Network – came out and discussed in China.
Contemporary China Publishers, the publisher of the Chinese translation, has planned a large deployment. We learned that, based on high recommendations, hundreds of bookstores and online sellers are interested in the Chinese translation of the book.
“Capitalism on a Ventilator” was co-edited by Sara Flounders, editor of Workers World and co-coordinator of the International Action Center, and Lee Siu Hin, director of the China-US Solidarity Network, who has been involved in the Asia-Pacific American Labor Alliance.
The anthology contrasts the effective Chinese response to COVID-19 with the disastrous response here in the United States and pushes back against the racist anti-China campaign in the media. The book was a huge challenge, involving months of effort to put together the anthology content and then find printers, online publishers and distributors for the book, which was censored by Amazon.
Workers World writers, who have followed the impact of COVID-19 from its beginnings in the United States, drew comparisons to China’s handling of the pandemic and raised concrete demands and struggles as the virus was spreading; their articles figure prominently in the book. Other chapters are written by well-known leftist and anti-imperialist voices: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Lee Siu Hin, Margaret Kimberley, Vijay Prashad, Ngo Thanh Nhan, Ajamu Baraka, Max Blumenthal, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.
Many chapters were first published on workers.org and IACenter.org.
According to Wang Weiguang, a member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, director of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Commission, former chairman and former Party secretary of the Academic Department of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: The book, written by dozens of scholars from the United States and other countries, describes with realistic strokes the “grief” and “pain” of the American people under the impact of the new coronary pneumonia. It analyzes and criticizes in depth the capacity and efficiency of the capitalist system to deal with sudden public health problems. [crises] and exposes the most hypocritical, reactionary and backward side of the most developed capitalist countries of the world”.
Jiang Hui, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, member of the Party group, director of the Institute for Research on Contemporary China, dean of Marxist studies declares: “In the stark contrast between China and the United in the fight against SARS, the book exposes the hypocritical side of the world’s most developed capitalist countries, sounds the “alarm bell” on the inefficiency of capitalist governance and encourages the public to explore a new way of think.
Co-editor Flounders adds to these assessments: “We could not have imagined how disastrous the impact of the virus would be in the United States and other developed capitalist countries. As Marxists, we knew that in a country totally dominated by a handful of billionaires, their interests in profiting from tests, vaccines, the production of personal protective equipment and the theft of our labor would outweigh the people’s need to free health care for all. Then the deaths tripled after the publication of the book.
“Seeing the enthusiasm in China for this book is encouraging. China followed a people-oriented, scientific approach that prioritized the health and safety of the entire population. This gives us, as Marxists, a real-time comparison of the difference socialism makes in dealing with a new phenomenon.