Asia Society Texas Center hosts "Authors & Asia: Louisa Lim, The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited"
Despite its emergence from backward isolation into a dynamic world economic power, a quarter-century after the People's Army crushed unarmed protestors —labeled anti-revolutionaries — in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, the defining event of China's modern history remains buried. Memory is dangerous in a country built to function on national amnesia. A single act of public remembrance might expose the frailty of the state's carefully constructed edifice of accepted history, one kept aloft by strict censorship, blatant falsehood and willful forgetting.
Though the consequences of Tiananmen Square are visible everywhere throughout China, what happened there has been consigned to silence. NPR's China correspondent Louisa Lim offers an insider's account of this seminal tragedy, revealing the enormous impact it had on China and the reverberations still felt today.