Five Photos from the Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong

There are some amazing photographs at Business Insider from last night’s candlelight vigil in Hong Kong commemorating the June Fourth anniversary. Mine aren’t quite that good! But I did my best with the tools I had (a Canon PowerShot and my iPhone). I arrived at Victoria Park at 6:30, with the vigil scheduled to beginContinue reading “Five Photos from the Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong”

Tiananmen at 25: Massive Reading Round-Up, June 3 Edition

Edward Wong of the New York Times tweeted the above yesterday, but I’m afraid the Chinese authorities are trying to close the barn door after the horse has escaped. As you can see below, foreign media are publishing Tiananmen stories left and right, and I’m afraid I did a very bad job trying to keepContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: Massive Reading Round-Up, June 3 Edition”

Tiananmen at 25: Super-Sized Reading Round-Up

Now that June 4 is less than a week away, news organizations around the world are ramping up their coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests and crackdown. Though I’ve been limiting these posts to five points each in previous weeks, there’s so much to recommend this week that I had to makeContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: Super-Sized Reading Round-Up”

Tiananmen at 25: The Weekly Reading Round-Up

As the June Fourth anniversary grows closer, security measures in China continue to tighten. The anniversary’s approach has also coincided with a spate of terrorist acts in China’s western region of Xinjiang, where explosive devices detonated in a market on Thursday morning killed 31 people and injured nearly 100 more. In Shanghai, a visit byContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: The Weekly Reading Round-Up”

Tiananmen at 25: This Week’s Links

• There have been more detentions as the Beijing government works to ensure that no one is left voicing dissent on the day of the June Fourth anniversary. Anthony Kuhn of NPR News gives an overview of the recent crackdown in this Morning Edition report. Heather Timmons at Quartz has put together a list ofContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: This Week’s Links”

Wall Street Journal: Tiananmen Amnesia and Tiananmen Exiles

Now up at the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report blog, my new column on Rowena Xiaoqing He’s recent book, Tiananmen Exiles: In “Tiananmen Exiles,” Ms. He interviews Shen Tong and Wang Dan, both important figures in the Beijing protest movement, as well as Yi Danxuan, who was a student leader in Guangzhou. AllContinue reading Wall Street Journal: Tiananmen Amnesia and Tiananmen Exiles”

Tiananmen at 25: Voices Silenced

Heading into this spring, other China-watchers and I occasionally discussed the widespread crackdown on dissenting voices that President Xi Jinping implemented over his first year in office, and we all agreed that things would probably tighten even further as the 25th anniversary of the June Fourth massacre approached. Unfortunately, that prediction has proven true—even moreContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: Voices Silenced”

Tiananmen at 25: From the China Beat Archives

There has already been, and there will be much more, written about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and June Fourth Massacre as the 25th anniversary approaches. As I said, I’ll do my best to stay on top of it all and post links to good material here on a semi-regular basis. But in addition toContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: From the China Beat Archives”

More Tiananmen at 25 Events and Readings

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 SquareContinue reading “More Tiananmen at 25 Events and Readings”

Tiananmen at 25: A Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University

Today, April 15, is the 25th anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang. That’s a name that probably doesn’t ring a bell, unless you’re a China specialist, but Hu’s death in 1989 was the start of something big. A once-powerful government official who was purged in 1987, Hu had advocated for economic and political reformsContinue reading “Tiananmen at 25: A Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University”