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China's selective memory

ANNIVERSARIES WITH BISMAK: Does not the Chinese regime see the irony in paying tribute to the students who demonstrated in 1919, while continuing to crush any protest from today's students?

This is a big year for anniversaries in China. 4. May marked the centenary of 4. the May Movement, the student demonstrations in front of the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing in 1919, which meant the birth of Chinese nationalism. And then, a month later, the 4. June, the 30 anniversary of the violent suppression of the pro-democracy student demonstrations was the same place. However, this milestone will not be officially recognized, and much less celebrated, in China.

Immortality and taboo

The 1919 demonstrations are immortalized in stone in the monument to the heroes of the people. . .



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denis@nytid.no
She is a history professor at Yale University and author of Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao's China © Project Syndicate 1995 – 2019 Translated by Lasse Takle

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