Almost a Revolution: The Story of a Chinese Student's Journey from Boyhood to Leadership in Tiananmen Square

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In his groundbreaking memoir about China's democracy movement and the massacre at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, student leader Shen Tong offers us a rare look at a bold and daring new generation of Chinese citizens who tried to protest the restraints imposed by their country's government. An organizer of the "dialogue delegation," whose goal was to negotiate with the government, Shen provides an insider's record of the day-to-day decisions that led up to June 4th. Written with the help of journalist Marianne ...
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In his groundbreaking memoir about China's democracy movement and the massacre at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, student leader Shen Tong offers us a rare look at a bold and daring new generation of Chinese citizens who tried to protest the restraints imposed by their country's government. An organizer of the "dialogue delegation," whose goal was to negotiate with the government, Shen provides an insider's record of the day-to-day decisions that led up to June 4th. Written with the help of journalist Marianne Yen, the result is both a powerful documentary and a sensitive account of growing up in contemporary China.

Now nearly ten years later as our fascination with post-Deng China continues to develop, Shen's story and the updated material he provides are weighted with increasing significance. Coupled with much of the recent analysis, Shen's firsthand account vividly contextualizes the Chinese government's opposition to democracy and offers meaningful insight into a country that promises to occupy an increasingly prominent position in the world.

"A cause for celebration . . . an important contribution to China's newly discovered historical memory." --New York Times Book Review

Shen Tong is a doctoral student in political sociology at Boston University and the founder of the Democracy for China Fund, which aims to support and publicize dissent networks in China. Marianne Yen is a former New York correspondent for the Washington Post.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472085576
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Beijing
Preface
Pt. I Beginnings
1 Avenue of Eternal Peace 3
2 Billy Clubs and Violins 31
3 Blue Dove and Misty Poets 58
4 "Young Leaf in Spring" 85
5 Beijing University 107
6 Year of the Dragon 132
Pt. II Movement
7 Hu Yaobang Is Dead 165
8 The Spirit of May Fourth 196
9 Dialogue Delegation 223
10 Gorbachev Is Coming 255
11 Martial Law and the Goddess of Democracy 286
12 Bloody Sunday and Farewell 317
Epilogue 335
Acknowledgments 343
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