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20 August 1928
Shanghai, Queens Road West
Source: http://www.naval-history.net/

Eastern Anarchist League

About 60 anarchists from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and India gathered in the autumn of 1927 to organise the Eastern Anarchist League. It was meant to be a revolutionary base for joint East Asian anarchist struggle against Japanese imperialism. The League's headquarters would be in Shanghai. It would build a network of anarchists from different countries, and it would publish Dongbang (The East). Funds for the League were to be raised by printing 200 counterfeit foreign notes. This was suggested by one of the contestants in the meeting, Lin, who was then working at the Foreign Exchange Section of the Beijing Postal Management Department. The latter plan failed: Lin was arrested by the Japanese police and died in prison.

The first issue of Dongbang did appear on the 20th of August, 1928.

Read more? Dongyoun Hwang, 'Korean Anarchism before 1945' in: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940

More info: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World (IISH Publication)