publications and media


Max Hirsh and Till Mostowlansky (eds.), Infrastructures and the Remaking of Asia. University of Hawai’i Press, 2022

Alessandro Rippa, Borderland Infrastructures: Trade, Development, and Control in Western China. Amsterdam University Press, 2020.

Made in China 4(2) special issue:

Infrastructural thinking in a Chinese register

A collection of essays from the First China Made workshop, guest edited by Tim Oakes and Alessandro Rippa, and featuring work by Jonathan Bach, Andrew Grant, Tong Lam, Alessandro Rippa, Hallam Stevens, Dorothy Tang, and Amy Zhang

keywords for infrastructure and media

tongdao 通道 passage, passageway, channel

wuliu 物流 logistics

fangbian 方便 convenience

anzhi 安置 suitable resettlement

qu 区 area, region, zone

sudu 速度 speed

sheji 设计 design

articles, chapters, reports

Joniak-Lüthi, A. and A. Rippa. 2022. China in Central Asia: fact-checking and myth-busting. Novostan (December 2).

Harlan, T. 2022. Low-carbon frontier: renewable energy and the new resource boom in Western China. The China Quarterly 1-20. doi:10.1017/S030574102200159X.

Byler, D. 2022. The camp fix: infrastructural power and the “re-education labour regime” in Turkic Muslim industrial parks in north-west China. The China Quarterly 1-16. doi:10.1017/S0305741022001618.

Liebman, A. 2022. High-metabolism Infrastructure and the Scrap Industry in Urban China. The China Quarterly 1-15. doi:10.1017/S0305741022001606.

Yeh, E.T. 2022. The Making of Natural Infrastructure in China’s Era of Ecological Civilization. The China Quarterly 1-17. doi:10.1017/S0305741022001588.

Oakes, T., J. Clendenning, J. DiCarlo, M. Erie, M. Hirsh, A. Joniak-Lüthi, H. Karrar, V. La Mela, J. Lu, T. Mostowlansky, G. Murton, H. Ng, R. Norum, N. Plachta, B. Reichhardt, A. Rippa, J. Sarma, E. Sulek, D. Tang, Z. Urmanbetova and T. White. 2022. China’s global development model: Looking beyond the Belt and Road Initiative. Fribourg, Munich, and Boulder. Available at:

Joniak-Lüthi, A., A. Rippa, J. Clendenning, J. DiCarlo, M. Erie, M. Hirsh, H. Karrar, V. La Mela, J. Lu, T. Mostowlansky, G. Murton, H. Ng, R. Norum, T. Oakes, N. Plachta, B. Reichhardt, J. Sarma, E. Sulek, D. Tang, Z. Urmanbetova and T. White. 2022. Demystifying the Belt and Road Initiative. Fribourg, Munich and Boulder. Available at:

Rippa, A. 2022. From guest traders to live streamers: hospitality and technology in Yunnan’s gemstone market. Social Analysis 66(1): 44-63.

La Mela, V. 2021. Khorgos: the making of an equal twin on the Sino-Kazakh border. In E. Mikhailova & J. Garrard (eds.), Twin Cities Across Five Continents: Interactions and Tensions on Urban Borders. London & New York: Routledge, pp. 197-208.

Oakes, T. 2021. The Belt & Road as method: geopolitics, technopolitics and power through an infrastructure lens. Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

Byler, D. 2020. The digital enclosure of Turkic Muslims. Society & Space Magazine (December 7th).

Oakes, T. 2020. Not urban yet, no longer rural. In M. Bonino, F. Carota, F. Governa & S. Pellecchia (eds.), China Goes Urban: The City to Come. Milan: Skira, pp. 198-209.

Oakes, T. 2020. Infrastructures of permanence and deserted architecture in China. Roadsides 4: 68-75.

Rippa, A. 2020. Mapping the margins of China’s global ambitions: economic corridors, Silk Roads, and the end of proximity in the borderlands. Eurasian Geography and Economics 61(1): 55-76.

Rest, M. & A. Rippa. 2019. Road animism: reflections on the life of infrastructures. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 9(2): 373-389.

Rippa, A. 2019. Infrastructure of Desire: Rubble, Development, and Salvage Capitalism in Rural China. Made in China Journal, July 23.

Oakes, T. 2019. China’s urban ideology: new towns, creation cities, and contested landscapes of memory. Eurasian Geography and Economics 60(4): 400-421.


July 2022. Fourth ChinaMade Workshop: From China Model to Global China; 第四届中国制造研讨会:从中国模式到全球中国

June 2022. China’s Nuclear Belt & Road; 中国核能的一带一路

May 2022. Infrastructures of Urban Life Yet to Come; 尚未到来的城市生活基础设施

June 2021. Third ChinaMade Workshop: The Social Life of Chinese Infrastructure in Southeast Asia; 第三次中国制造研讨会: 基础设施在东南亚的社会生活

March 2021. Environing Infrastructure: A Project Outline; 环境的基础设施:项目大纲

February 2021. Yangon’s “New City”; 仰光的“新城市”

January 2021. The BRI as an Exercise in Infrastructural Thinking; 一带一路是基础设施思维中的一项练习

December 2020. Exporting the Chinese Instant City? A Lefebvrian New Town in Central Peru;中国的即时城市出口?秘鲁中部的勒费弗尔的新城

October 2020. Infrastructural Power, Hong Kong, and Global China; 基础设施的功率,香港,和全球中国

August 2020. New Grounds: Infrastructuring the Central Plains of China; 新领域:基础设施建设中原

March 2020. Second China Made Workshop: China’s Domestic Infrastructures; 第二次中国制造研讨会:中国国内基础设施

April 2019. Keywords for Infrastructure and Media: Social Lives and Material Effects” Workshop, Denver, March 24-5, 2019

January 2019. Invisible Infrastructure: a project outline; 隐形的基础设施:项目概述

November 2018. First China Made Workshop: Conceiving Infrastructure in a Chinese Register; 首次中国制造研讨会:构想中国框架内的基础设施


Oakes, T. 2022. Review of Ramondetti, Leonardo. 2022. The Enriched Field: Urbanising the Central Plains of China(Birkhauser).

Loizeaux, E. 2022. Review of Byler, Darren. 2022. Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City. (Duke University Press).

Bachrach, D. 2021. Review of Köll, Elisabeth. 2019. Railroads and the Transformation of China. (Harvard University Press).

Oakes, T. 2021. Review of Hiebert, Murray. 2020. Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge. (Center for Strategic and International Studies).

Byler, D. 2021. Review of David Lampton, Selina Ho and Cheng Chwee Kuik. 2020. Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia. (University of California Press).

Oakes, T. 2021. Review of Wang Xiaowei. 2020. Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals x Logic).

Oakes, T. 2020. Review of Emmerson, Donald K. (ed.). 2020. The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century. (Stanford: Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center).

Aung, G. 2020. Review of Rippa, Alessandro. 2020. Borderland Infrastructures: Trade, Development, and Control in Western China. (Amsterdam University Press).


Winter 2021: Featuring China Made related writing from Darren Byler, Lin Zhu and Tim Oakes.

Summer 2020: Featuring China Made related writing of Leonardo Ramondetti, Dorothy Tang, and Carolyn Cartier.

china made in the news

November 2018: First China Made Workshop: Conceiving Infrastructure in a Chinese Register. Association for Asian Studies #Asia Now blog.

November 2018. China Made project director Tim Oakes was interviewed by Nazarbayev University President Shigeo Katsu during the 2018 Nazarbayev University Forum “China and the World: Engaging with a Reemerging Superpower”, November 28-29 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

February 2018: “CU Boulder scholars to lead effort analyzing China’s huge infrastructure push.” University of Colorado College of Arts & Sciences Magazine.

china made on video

Presentations, panel discussions, podcasts, and interviews with scholars discussing how they work with infrastructure in their research projects, and why infrastructure is important to their work

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