China Seminar

John Schidlovsky

John Schidlovsky

9 May 2019

Tiananmen + 30: The Legacy of June 4, 1989 and Why China Can’t Get Past It

Thirty years after the crackdown on demonstrators on June 4, 1989, near Tiananmen Square, the events still reverberate in China. This year the Communist Party of China is bracing for several sensitive historical dates – the 100th anniversary of the May 4th movement, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen demonstrations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Many Chinese have no knowledge of the demonstrations in 1989 that brought millions of citizens into the streets to demand democracy.

8 April 1988

Reporting from China

Mr. Schidlovsky, former Gannett Foundation Fellow at the University of Hawaii, is Beijing bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun.