The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On


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  • Speaker: Louisa Lim, NPR Beijing Correspondent; Wang Zheng, U-M; Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UC Irvine; Mary Gallagher, U-M
  • Host Department: ccs
  • Date: 04/15/2014
  • Time: 6:00PM

  • Location: Commons Area and Stern Auditorium
    University of Michigan Museum of Art

  • Description:

    6:00pm:  Reception
    Commons Area | University of Michigan Museum of Art

    7:00pm:  Panel Discussion
    Stern Auditorium | University of Michigan Museum of Art

    The final event of the week is a panel discussion with NPR journalist and 2014 Knights Wallace Fellow Louisa Lim, UC-Irvine historian Jeff Wasserstrom who has written extensively on Chinese student protests and related topics, and Professor Wang Zheng of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the UM History Department, an expert on modern Chinese history and gender politics.  The panelists will discuss current research on the Tiananmen Movement, how the movement is remembered in and outside of China today, and the ways in which student activism have changed since 1989.  The discussion will incorporate questions from the audience and will be moderated by CCS Director Mary Gallagher.

    Louisa Lim has spent ten years in China, currently as NPR’s Beijing correspondent, and prior to that as the BBC’s Beijing correspondent.   She has won numerous awards for her radio and multimedia work, and was part of NPR teams that won a Peabody, an Alfred I Dupont-Columbia award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for their China coverage.   Currently she is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.  Her book “The People's Republic of Amnesia"  will be published by Oxford University Press (USA) in June 2014.

    Wang Zheng is Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies and Associate Scientist of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. A graduate student at the University of California, Davis 25 years ago, she took donations from the UC students to Chinese students at the Tiananmen Square. Her experience in Beijing in 1989 turned her a committed academic activist promoting feminism in China. She is the founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Her English publications concern changing gender discourses and relations in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century, and feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism in the context of globalization. She is the author of Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories (UC Press, 1999). 

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom  is Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, the Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, and a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. He is the author of China in the 21stCentury:  What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010, updated edition 2013) and served as a consultant for "The Gate of Heavenly Peace," an award-winning documentary on the events of 1989.

    Mary Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research.  Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society.   Her book Contagious Capitalism:  Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China was published by Princeton University Press in 2005.