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Reflections on the Tiananmen Massacre of June 4, 1989  


Steven I. Levine

Monday, April 14, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

In the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing upwards of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators -- students and ordinary workers -- were killed by Chinese troops ordered to crush what paramount leader Deng Xiaoping called a "counter-revolutionary rebellion." It was actually a movement for political reform involving millions of citizens throughout China. Discussion of the subject is forbidden in China to this day. The massacre marked a turning point in Chinese history. The authoritarian communist regime strengthened its repression to hold on to power, but the issues that were raised in 1989 remain of utmost importance in contemporary China.

About the Instructor: Steven I. Levine, retired professor at UM, has taught and written about China for over forty years. He has taught several MOLLI courses on Asian history and politics. Most recently he launched a worldwide effort to encourage commemoration of the Tiananmen Massacre through a website: that has elicited broad support, including from within China itself.

Free with MOLLI membership. Share your love of MOLLI and bring a friend. Please RSVP by Monday, April 7, 2014.

This MOLLI Special Member Event is held in conjunction with the President's Lecture Series talk by Rowena Xiaoqing He on Wednesday, April 9, entitled "Romance and Revolution: China since Tiananmen" - Please see for more information.


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