Tiananmen Square Protests: A Reflection 25 Years On

May 30, 2014
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Harry Hickman Building, Room 110, UVic
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With former CBC Asia Bureau Chief, Patrick Brown, and Harvard Lecturer and Author, Rowena He.

In the spring of 1989, millions of citizens across China took to the streets in a nationwide movement against government corruption and authoritarian rule. What began with widespread hope for political reform ended on June 4 with martial law being enforced,  and the army firing on unarmed citizens in Tianamen Square, Beijing. The scale of army mobilization and casualties   was unpresendented in modern day China. To respectfully mark the 25th anniversary, CAPI is bringing together two experts on China whose lives were forever changed by the tragedy. CBC Asia Bureau Chief Patrick Brown was in Beijing covering the student protests days before June 4th, and he has a unique perspective on covering the events for the CBC. Author and scholar, Rowena He, was born and raised in China. Her talk will be based on her new book, Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China, which intereaves her own experiences with the accounts of three student leaders exiled from China in the aftermath of the military crackdown.

There will be time for questions, and refreshments will be provided.

Photo credit: Peter Morgan