Tiananmen Moon: Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989

Tiananmen Moon: Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989

by Philip J Cunningham

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This compelling book provides a vivid firsthand account of the student demonstrations and massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Uniquely placed as a Western observer drawn into active participation through Chinese friends in the uprising, Philip J Cunningham offers a remarkable day-by-day account of Beijing students desperately trying to secure the most coveted political real estate in China in the face of ever more daunting government countermoves. Tiananmen Moon takes the reader into the thick of the 1989 protests while also following the parallel response of an unprepared but resourceful Western media.

Cunningham recounts rare vignettes about life in Tiananmen Square under student leadership, including a near riot when a reporter is mistaken for Gorbachev, the saga of a tearful leader who quits and dictates her last will and testament to the author, and a dramatic account of futile resistance in the face of an unforgiving crackdown. He chronicles the opportunistic and awkward tango between naive student activists and jaded foreign journalists, in which, after a month of mutual courting, the tables turn and the now-savvy students watch the journalists, seduced and confused, run circles just trying to keep up.

During the hunger strike under the light of a full moon, China bares its conflicted soul to the world, the mournful cry for reform amplified by the footsteps of a million peaceful marchers. This remarkable testament to a searing month that changed China forever serves as a witness to the rise and fall of an uprising, capturing the plaintive and lyrical beauty of a dream that endures and continues to haunt the country today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742566743
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Series: Asian Voices
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 997,548
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Philip J Cunningham is professor of media studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Table of Contents

Part I: New Moon
May 3: In Search of the Real China
May 4: The New May Fourth Spirit
May 10: Ten Thousand Bicycles
Part II: Waxing Moon
May 13: Hunger Strike
May 14: Laying Claim to the Square
May 15: Looking for Gorbachev
May 16: Working-Class Heroes
May 17: Rising Tide of Rebellion
May 18: Everyone an Emperor
May 19: Breaking the Fast
Part III: Waning Moon
May 20: Martial Law
May 22: Provincial Vagabonds
May 23: Egg on the Face of Mao
May 24: Tiananmen Headquarters
May 26: Radical Camp
May 28: Last Will and Testament
May 28: Clandestine Interview
May 28: Going Underground
May 28: Midnight Rendezvous
Part IV: No Moon
June 2: Troops Are Coming
June 3: Of Tanks and Men
June 3: Eve of Destruction
June 4: The Sky Is Crying

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