Surviving Tiananmen: The Price of Dissent in China

"Since the Tiananmen massacre, activists, scholars, and regular citizens have launched a war against forgetting. Many Tiananmen veterans, both inside and outside China, including Liu Xiaobo, the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died a political prisoner in 2017, have devoted their lives to the unfinished cause of 1989."

On the thirtieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Rowena Xiaoqing He, Member in the School of Social Science, honors the many voices who have taken up the struggle for freedom and human rights in China. He, who is working on a book at IAS about the roots and development of Chinese student nationalism in post-1989 China, writes in a piece for the Guardian, "The legacy of Tiananmen is not something that belongs to China or to the Chinese people alone. It belongs to the world."

Read He's articles at the Nation and the Guardian.