Beijing, Tiananmen 1989: A prefiguration of the « Occupy » Movement? A testimony by Wang Dan

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Conference

Beijing, Tiananmen 1989: A prefiguration of the « Occupy » Movement? A testimony by Wang Dan, Student Leader of the 1989 pro-Democracy Movement.

  • With: Wang Dan, Chinese history professor at National Tsinghua University, in Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Chair : Jean-Philippe Béjà, Emeritus Research Fellow,  Sciences Po-CERI, CNRS

Presentation

Wang Dan is addressing the crowd in Tiananmen Square with a headband marked with jueshi characters (hunger strike), grabbing a megaphone, his eyes hidden behind tortoiseshell glasses. The image of this twenty-year-old student has become a symbol of the immense popular movement that shook the Chinese Communist Party in the spring of 1989. Enrolled in the second year of a history degree at the prestigious Beida (Peking University), this son of a professor has become one of the main spokespersons of a movement for democracy, whose viewers around the world have followed the evolution with passion. A brilliant student, he had created in 1988 the Democratic Salon of Beida which had become a hotbed of discussions on the democratization of China. Those discussions lead to the ignition of debates among the younger generation.

Today, Wang Dan has a Ph.D in history from Harvard University. He presently teaches Chinese history at National Tsinghua University, in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Date

  • Wednesday 28 June 2017, 17:00-19:00

Venue

  • Sciences Po-CERI – Salle de conférences
    56 rue Jacob – 75007 Paris

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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