In spring 1989, millions of Chinese took to the streets in a nationwide popular uprising. What began with widespread hope for reform of a corrupt and authoritarian system ended with the People's Liberation Army's firing on unarmed civilians in the capital city Beijing. Tracing the life trajectories of three exiled student leaders of the Tiananmen Movement—Shen Tong, Wang Dan, and Yi Danxuan, this oral history project explores how their political ideals and personal values were shaped by institutionalized education and social movements in China, led to action and punishment, and were revised under the challenges of exile. Rowena Xiaoqing He, self-exiled in 1998, weaves her own story into the tapestry of her subjects' lives, providing an insightful, intellectually challenging, and powerfully empathetic account of people who achieved, through difficult personal quests, tentative answers to the complex dilemmas that political commitment, ethical action, and exile present.
About the Author
Rowena Xiaoqing He received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada, conducted her postdoctoral research at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and currently teaches at Harvard, USA. Her seminars have earned her a Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years. She publishes in Chinese and English.
Table of ContentsTable of Content Foreword Acknowledgments Chronology Section One: Introduction Prologue Surviving 1989 Chapter 1 June 4: History and Memory in Exile Chapter 2 Seeds of Fire Section Two: Triumph and Trauma Chapter 3 On the Road: Yi Danxuan Chapter 4 No Direction Home: Shen Tong Chapter 5 Living Somewhere Else: Wang Dan Chapter 6 Romance and Revolution: Group Discussions Section Three: Conclusion Chapter 7 Citizenship in Exile Epilogue The Beginning of an End Notes Bibliography Index