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"Rowena He...courageously battles state-imposed amnesia, forcing us to remember the human cost of China's 1989" - The Daily Telegraph
'Tiananmen Exiles is a brave bookâ€¦written eloquently, with controlled passionâ€¦[it is] a masterly narrative and analysisâ€¦[He's] often profound book is an unmistakable sign of her devotion to the cause' - The Spectator
'A moving and very personal account of life as a political emigrantâ€¦convincing and powerful' - New York Review of Books
"Bold attempt to reclaim Chinese history from the state" - Independent
"With 'Tiananmen Exiles,' Ms. He seeks to preserve those memories and share them with readers who may not have even been born yet by 1989. Her work has come at a cost: Chinese online commentators disparage Ms. He as 'anti-China' and accuse her of accepting a false story that foreign enemies of China dreamed up" - The Wall Street Journal
"A compelling account of idealism and the price it exacts."
"Though China's democracy movement was crushed in the Tiananmen Massacre 25 years ago, the ideas that animated it are eternal. Rowena Xiaoqing He, one of the most courageous academics in the U.S., has written a powerful book that tracks the poignant journeys of three exiled activists and honors the sacrifices so many Chinese had to make in 1989 and after."
- Adi Ignatius, Wall Street Journal Beijing Bureau Chief in 1989 and co-editor of Prison of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang
"This new book revives as well as preserves the memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Movement in a quintessential way. Combining autobiographical and biographical approaches with psycho-cultural analysis, Rowena Xiaoqing He has ingeniously reconstructed the entire movement in historical perspective not only to unlock the past and explain the present but also to peer into the future of China's sustained struggle against totalitarian tyranny. This is also a deeply touching narrative that the reader will find difficult to lay down until reaching the last sentence."
- Ying-shih Yu, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University, and winner of the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity
"Tiananmen Exiles rekindles our painful memories of those who paid dearly for their ideals. In this oral history project, Rowena Xiaoqing He captures the indomitable spirit of three student leaders forced into exile after the Tiananmen crackdown a quarter century ago. Their stories are powerful, moving, and inspirational."
- Minxin Pei, Director, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College and author of China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy