Tiananmen Then & Now: Looking Back, Thinking Ahead
A retrospective on the Tiananmen democracy movement of June 1989
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
State Rooms (rooms 131-135)
Fifteen years after the tanks rolled into Tiannamen Square on June 4, 1989 to crush student-led demonstrations for democracy, expectations of a repetition of widespread popular anti-government protest in China have greatly diminished. Rapid, sustained economic growth over the past decade has apparently diverted the attention of China's once politically active intellectuals and students to more immediate material pursuits.
In this retrospective, three China experts look back upon the events of 1989, their significanance, and their implications for the future course of China's political development.
ORVILLE SCHELL (Journalism, UC Berkeley)
XIAO QIANG (Director, China Internet Project, UC Berkeley)
RICHARD BAUM (Political Science, UCLA)
Orville Schell is dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From his days as a student of Far Eastern history at Harvard, through his UC Berkeley masters degree in Chinese history, to his latest work on Hong Kong and Tibet, Schell has virtually devoted his professional life to reporting on and writing about Asia. Author of 14 books -- nine on China, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven, and Discos and Democracy -- Dean Schell has also written widely about Asia for Wired, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Harpers, Newsweek and other national magazines. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim and an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and numerous writing prizes. Dean Schell has also served as correspondent and consultant for several PBS Frontline documentaries as well as an Emmy award-winning program on China for CBS 60 Minutes.
Xiao Qiang was the founding director of Human Rights in China, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of universally recognized human rights and the advancement of the institutional protections of these rights in China. He is now director of the China Internet Project at UC Berkeley. A physicist by training, Xiao studied as a Ph.D. candidate (1986-1989) in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. He became a full-time human rights activist after the Tiananmen incident of 1989. Xiao was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, and is profiled in the book Soul Purpose: 40 People Who Are Changing the World for the Better (Melcher Media, 2003). He is also a weekly commentator for Radio Free Asia.
Richard Baum is professor of Political Science and director of the Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA. He has written and edited eight books and has authored more than 100 articles in scholarly and popular journals. He served as a consultant on China to President George H.W. Bush, and he is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs for CNN, NPR, BBC, VOA, and various national and international print and broadcast media. His current research focuses on the domestic political consequences of China's increasing global interdependence and the prospects for war and peace in the Taiwan Strait.
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