This photograph portrays a lone man opposing the destructive tanks headed towards Tiananmen Square.
On June 4, 1989, People’s Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on student activists and civilians gathering in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing untold hundreds of people.
A quarter-century later, this defining event remains buried in China’s modern history, successfully expunged from collective memory. In her new book, “The People’s Republic of Amnesia,” NPR’s Beijing Correspondent Louisa Lim looks at how the Tiananmen crackdown has shaped China and the country’s national identity.
Louisa Lim will be at the Milken Institute on June 12 to talk about “The People’s Republic of Amnesia.” Register here.
Louisa Lim, author of “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited” (Oxford University Press, 2014) and NPR’s Beijing Correspondent