Today marks the 25th anniversary of the violent crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. Seeing as a countless number of interviews and articles worth reading have been floating around online, we’ve put together a roundup of the coverage about the anniversary to make navigation a bit easier.
SCMP has put out a long, comprehensive multimedia story called Voices from Tiananmen.
George Washington University’s National Security Archive has published declassified documents from US Defense Intelligence Agency from that time, which include details about factional disputes among the leadership.
David Barbosa and Michael Forsythe have a big piece inThe New York Times on a student who opposed the protests and has done very well for himself as a consequence.
Taipei Times has an interview with Wang Dan, who was #1 on the list of the most wanted student leaders after the crackdown. Wang spent several years in prison and is now a university professor in Taiwan.
NYT also has a roundup of its own coverage from June 3-4 1989.
WSJ and NYT both have roundups of where the Most Wanted are now, though the one in the above-mentioned SCMP story is probably most comprehensive.
Similarly, Tea Leaf Nation’s timelapse of protests across China is good, but the one in SCMP’s “Voices from Tiananmen” is more elegantly presented.
In the category of personal remembrances and editorials:
- Author Ma Jian had an editorial in The Guardian. After the publication of his novel about Tiananmen, Beijing Coma, Ma has been prevented from returning to the mainland.
- Poet Liao Yiwu has an essay in the New York Review of Books. (You can also watch Liao Yiwu perform his poem “Massacre” in a video shot last year.)
- Photojournalist Alan Chin reflects in Reuters about covering the protests.
- NYT journalist Andrew Jacobs was an English teacher in Wuhan in 1989 and wrote about his students who participated in protests there.
- Kate Phillips writes in The Atlantic about her experiences as an English teacher in Bejing.
If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth taking a look at the NYT Lens Blog story from the 20th anniversary in 2009 about a previously never published photo of Tank Man, taken from a different angle moments before the iconic image. Terrill Jones, the photographer, talks about the story behind the image and why he chose never to publish it.
Finally, it’s never a bad time to remind everyone that the amazing documentary The Gates of Heavenly Peace is available on Youtube.