When I edited The China Beat, I would put together weekly(ish) posts that rounded up the best recent stories on China in general, or on a specific topic in the news. Those grew less frequent as our Twitter presence expanded and we just posted links there, but I think the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and June 4 crackdown offers a natural opportunity to re-start those reading roundups here. There’s so much being written about Tiananmen, and so many events related to the anniversary, that it seems helpful to have things collected in one place, rather than sprinkled across Twitter. I’ll also be taking a look back at some older writings on the protests and massacre throughout the spring.
• Just two days after the “Tiananmen at 25” symposium at Saint Joseph’s University, Harvard will be holding its own one-day conference on April 26, “Tiananmen in History and Memory.” I am really, really tempted to travel up to Boston for the day to attend this event—it looks excellent.
• The University of Southern California’s US-China Institute has produced a new Tiananmen-focused episode in its Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China. There will be a screening at USC on April 17, and another one at George Washington University on April 23.
• As I mentioned yesterday, NPR reporter Louisa Lim has a new book out on historical memory and Tiananmen Square, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Hear her talk about the book in this Morning Edition segment, and read an excerpt at the NPR site.
• Fellow “Tiananmen at 25” symposium panelist Rowena Xiaoqing He also has a new book out, Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China. UC Riverside professor Perry Link wrote the foreword, which you can read at the New York Review of Books blog.
• At the New York Times Sinosphere blog, Chris Buckley has a long post on Hu Yaobang, the Party official whose death on April 15, 1989 sparked student assemblies that grew into the Beijing Spring protests.