remembering tiananmen square

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. I was in elementary school when it happened, but old enough to know that the crazy, bloody, violent images on the news were disturbing and unlike anything I'd ever seen. It was only much later that I did the research to understand that iconic picture of the man standing in front of the tanks, and the demonstration that transpired that day.

Here's a fascinating op-ed piece in the New York Times by Yu Hua, who was in China at the time. Today, the events of that fateful day in 1989 have virtually vanished from Chinese consciousness. Thus today, twenty years later, few young Chinese know anything about it: China's Forgotten Revolution.

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