Tiananmen Square

Asia Society coverage of the 1989 massacre and its ongoing legacy

Recent Content

Danny Russel discusses U.S.-China relations, the anniversary of Tiananmen, North Korea, and more on Pod Save the World.
Thirty years after the massacre that outraged the world, China has buried the memory of what happened — and the rest of the world has shrugged.
The country's eventual transition to liberal democracy once seemed inevitable — but Kevin Rudd argues that the country has redefined what the "end of history" really means.
Ian Johnson and Ian Buruma discuss two pivotal events that caused many Chinese to look away from the state and toward religion.
Author of letter critical of China's Communist Party speaks about youth activism.
NPR's Louisa Lim offers insiders' accounts of this seminal tragedy.
Louisa Lim, author of 'The People's Republic of Amnesia,' says "we seem further than ever from any reevaluation of the killings of 1989."
Susan Jakes, editor of Asia Society's ChinaFile website, offers some recommended reading on this 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Yiyun Li on detachment, denial, and finding solace in others
In part three of our exclusive interview, the veteran journalist discusses what he considers to be the most important story he's reported on from Asia. The answer may surprise you.
Social media sites like Sina Weibo have become the frontline of a virtual showdown.
It's business as usual in China, says Steven Lewis.
What was the thinking behind Tiananmen?
Deng Xiaoping's biographer speculates about the thinking behind the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre.
First American journalists in Beijing look back.
Susan Shirk, Arthur Ross fellow, on Tiananmen Square 20 years later.
Bob Woodruff and Evan Osnos discuss Tiananmen Square and China. Watch the video.

Recent Video

Current Affairs
 /  New York
Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times discusses the role of human rights in contemporary China in the decades following the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Discussing the Tiananmen Square massacre, author Zha Jianying and Arthur Ross Director Orville Schell debate whether China could ever learn to address its own atrocities.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
The writer and journalist recounts the "sense of innocence and solidarity" she witnessed among bystanders, even as people were being shot in front of their eyes.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Witnesses reflect on the events that took place in the months leading up to the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre — and how the Chinese government has been so effective at erasing history in the 30 years since that fateful day.
Policy
 /  New York
Kevin Rudd describes how, in the three decades since Tiananmen Square, Beijing has "created its own history."
Current Affairs
 /  Texas
NPR's Louisa Lim offers insiders' accounts of this seminal tragedy, revealing reverberations still felt today.
Policy
 /  New York
NEW YORK, October 24, 2012 — Former Ambassador to China Winston Lord discusses the lingering imperative for the new Chinese leadership to address the verdict of the famed 'incident' in Tiananmen Square.
Deng Xiaoping's biographer speculates about the thinking behind the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre.
Policy
Mike Chinoy, CNN's first Beijing correspondent in 1987 discusses what happened behind the scenes when CNN was ordered off the air Tiananmen Square.