The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this book is now available.
This compelling book provides a vivid first-hand account of the student demonstrations and violent crackdown 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. He brings to life the story of the demonstrations, from the tentative early marches to the huge outpouring of support, from the hunger strikes and jostling for influence among student leaders, to the senseless bloody crackdown. This remarkable testament to a searing month that changed China forever serves 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.
Philip J Cunningham is professor of media studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
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