Beijing, Tiananmen 1989: A prefiguration of the « Occupy » Movement? A testimony by Wang Dan
On the occasion of the 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (FNASIC), Sciences Po is pleased to invite you to: Asia Days at Sciences Po #AsiaDays.
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
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
- Academic coordinator: Karoline Postel-Vinay (Sciences Po-CERI)
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- Wednesday 28 June 2017, 17:00-19:00
- Sciences Po-CERI – Salle de conférences
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