Place: Conference Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall, Institute of Asian Research, UBC
By: Dr. Rowena He (Harvard University), Dr. Pitman Potter (UBC), Dr. André Laliberté (University of Ottawa), Dr. John Roosa (UBC) and Dr. Donald Baker (UBC)
Dates: Thursday, May 29, 2014 to Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
In the spring of 1989, millions of citizens across China took to the streets in a nationwide movement against government corruption and authoritarian rule. What began with widespread hope for political reform ended with the People's Liberation Army firing on unarmed citizens in the capital city of Beijing, and those leaders who survived the crackdown became wanted criminals overnight. This symposium features a keynote lecture on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident by Rowena He and a roundtable discussion of faculty experts on this and other repressed anniversaries in Asia--from Taiwan to Korea and Indonesia.
THE CONSEQUENCE OF REPRESSED REMEMBRANCE: JUNE 4TH IN ASIAN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Dr. He’s keynote lecture will be based on her newly published book, “Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China”, which interweaves her own experiences with the accounts of three student leaders exiled from China in the aftermath of the military crackdown. In their own words, they describe their childhoods during Mao's Cultural Revolution, their political activism, the bitter disappointments of 1989, and the profound contradictions and challenges they face as exiles. Variously labeled as heroes, victims, and traitors in the years after Tiananmen, these individuals tell difficult stories of thwarted ideals and disconnection that nonetheless embody the hope for a freer China and a more just world. Their stories shed light on broader political developments within China and China's relations with the world.
Born and raised in China as a member of the "Tiananmen Generation," Dr. He received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and conducted her SSHRC postdoctoral research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Today she teaches at Harvard University, where her seminars on the Tiananmen uprising have earned her a Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years. Her book “Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of Struggle for Democracy in China” was published simultaneously in paperback and hardcover in April 2014 by Palgrave-MacMillan. Her writing has appeared inThe Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and she has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, NBC, the CBC, the BBC, the Telegraph, and arious other international media.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: LEGACIES OF REPRESSED ANNIVERSARIES IN ASIA--CHINA, TAIWAN, KOREA AND INDONESIA
A comparative discussion of similar large-scale political events and their repressed memories in these Asian countries designed to put the Tiananmen case in comparative perspective. Faculty experts include:
· Pitman Potter (UBC), Reflecting on Tiananmen: When Will We Ever Learn?
· André Laliberté (University of Ottawa), The path to Reconciliation in Taiwan after the February 28th Massacre
· Donald Baker (UBC), Remembering the Kwangju Massacre in South Korea
· John Roosa (UBC), title to be announced.
The event will be followed by a book signing session.
Please RSVP here. Light snacks will be served.