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Talking to the ghosts of Tiananmen Square

A review of Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China, by Rowena Xiaoqing He. A masterly narrative that keeps the memory of 1989 alive

31 May 2014

9:00 AM

31 May 2014

9:00 AM

Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China Rowena Xinoqing He, with a foreword by Perry Link

Palgrave, pp.240, £18, ISBN: 9781137438300

Twenty-five years ago, Rowena Xiaoqing He, then a schoolgirl, was participating in the Tiananmen-supporting demonstrations in Canton. Far from the capital, this was one of several hundred cities that rose up during that Chinese spring. Following the Tiananmen killings on 3–4 June 1989, she was warned by her teacher to remove the black mourning band she wore on her sleeve.

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