SOURCE: THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (5/28/2015)
A letter about the Tiananmen Square massacre signed by 11 Chinese students in the United States and other countries is gaining traction after a state-run Chinese newspaper wrote that the students had been “brainwashed” while studying overseas.
Yi Gu, a graduate student from China who is studying chemistry at the University of Georgia, published theletter online detailing the violence that took place in Beijing nearly 26 years ago. His letter, presented as discoveries Mr. Gu has made since coming to the United States three years ago, addresses a subject that is rarely discussed publicly in China and is widely censored by Chinese authorities. As such, it marks an unusual move for a Chinese student.
“This part of history has since been so carefully edited and shielded away that many of us today know very little about it,” the English translation of the letter reads. “The more we know, the more we feel we have a grave responsibility on our shoulders.”
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation