Louisa Lim http://wknofm.org en June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China http://wknofm.org/post/june-4-day-defines-and-still-haunts-china As China prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of its brutal repression of protests around Tiananmen Square, its leaders have presided over an unprecedented pre-anniversary crackdown. Rights groups say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/world/asia/tiananmen-square-anniversary-prompts-campaign-of-silence.html?_r=0">at least 50 people have been detained, put under house arrest or disappeared</a>.<p>Silence surrounds this anniversary. So, too, does repression: For the first time, activists trying to hold private commemorations have been detained. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 48126 at http://wknofm.org June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' http://wknofm.org/post/one-soldier-tiananmen-day-never-forgotten Hour after hour passed as Chen Guang stood, gun trembling in his hands, behind the doors of Beijing's Great Hall of the people, waiting for the order to clear Tiananmen Square of its student protesters.<p>It was 1989, and Chen was a 17-year-old soldier from a small town whose life was changed by his role in the bloody crackdown. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 48055 at http://wknofm.org For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' For Many Of China's Youth, June 4 May As Well Be Just Another Day http://wknofm.org/post/many-chinas-youth-june-4-may-well-be-just-another-day They peered at the photo blankly, leaning to take in the details.<p>"Is it from South Korea?" asked a student studying for a doctorate in marketing, with no flicker of recognition.<p>"Is it Kosovo?" a young astronomy major guessed.<p>The photo they were staring at so intently was the iconic image of China's 1989 pro-democracy movement — <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/behind-the-scenes-tank-man-of-tiananmen/">Tank Man</a> — which showed a lone Chinese protester blocking a column of tanks rolling down the wide boulevard toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.<p>The extent of "<a h Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 48043 at http://wknofm.org For Many Of China's Youth, June 4 May As Well Be Just Another Day 25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers http://wknofm.org/post/25-years-mothers-tiananmen-square-dead-seek-answers The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.<p>Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when he was killed by a single bullet to the head. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 47489 at http://wknofm.org 25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen http://wknofm.org/post/after-25-years-amnesia-remembering-forgotten-tiananmen <em>Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by the Chinese army — on June 4. Hundreds died; to this day, no one knows how many.</em><p><em>The media captured some of the story of the massacre in Beijing. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 45876 at http://wknofm.org After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen