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Danning Li

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Eli Friedman

Danning's research compares Chinese construction workers (her grandfather included) who went overseas for road construction through Mao era’s foreign aid programs, and those who go abroad today to build the material body of belts and roads. Through archival research and ethnographic fieldwork, her work attempts to understand the social formation of subjectivity, class consciousness, and inter-racial sociality enacted in different geopolitical contexts but samely at construction worksites on strangers’ land. Her research is aimed for the work of building cross-border, cross-racial workers solidarity in a time of intensified imperialist conflicts and nationalist backlash.