Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, both of which were by any metric more destructive than the Tiananmen incident. Still, most young Chinese people I approached were willing to talkas long as they could remain anonymous. They were pessimistic that the next generation would know any more about 1989 than they. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or /. However, several dissident leaders managed to escape from China and sought refuge in the West, notably Wuer Kaixi. The disgraced Zhao Ziyang was soon replaced as party general secretary by Jiang Zemin and put under house arrest. By clicking Agree, you consent to Slates. You cant blame them for being confused. And like the Cultural Revolution, the ten-year horror show that ended in 1976, it may take a couple of generations before people can speak candidly.
May Fourth Movement (1919)came to symbolize the entire incident. Get the latest from, tNR. I may understand it, but I can hardly feel it, said Liu. So Id rather not know. When I heard about the crackdown I was so shocked, said Susan, 27, over a latte at a Costa Coffee in Beijing. The Peoples Republic of Amnesia, immune System and Disease moving onnot dwelling on the pasthas become a key survival tactic, perhaps the most important one.