Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM
with Tiananmen Student Protest Leader/Survivor Ms. Rose Tang and Dr. Terry Weidner, a U.S. Embassy Analyst during the protest
Moderated by Dexter Roberts, former China Bureau Chief at Bloomberg Businessweek
Exactly thirty years ago, before a series of other regional “revolutions” blunted our hopes for change, the U.S. watched, captivated, as plucky Chinese students inspired millions in Beijing to defy Communist Party control, and then horrified, as People’s Liberation Army tanks moved in to crush the peaceful movement. In this special program, two people who “lived the moment” — an important Chinese student participant and a U.S. Embassy officer who tracked the movement— offer their personal memories and reflections on the movement and its legacy. In doing so, they will address some key issues, including the forces that sparked the protest and then sustained it; how student protestors inspired such massive support, why the Party used deadly force when the movement had long since peaked, and whether Tiananmen retains any relevance for those who live under continued authoritarian rule in China.
Co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council.
Rose Tang is a musician, multi-disciplinary artist, writer and activist based in Brooklyn. She’s from Sichuan and is of Mongol and Chinese descent. Surviving the Tiananmen Massacre as a student protest leader prompted her to become a journalist.Tang designed and taught an undergraduate course on Chinese news media at Princeton University, and was a journalist and newscaster for 12 years in Hong Kong, Australia and China with CNN, BBC, Reuters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Hong Kong Standard newspaper.
Tang has been combining music, art and journalism with activism to promote social justice and human rights. In 2014, Tang was named “Champion for Freedom of Speech” by the Visual Artists Guild in Los Angeles, and she was named Journalist of the Year in 2005 by Society of Publishers, Asia.
Dr. Terry Weidner is a Mansfield Fellow and a retired professor of Chinese Politics. He has returned to his roots as a professor following seven years work in government (political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as a Chinese political and economic analyst for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service in Washington, DC) and stints as the Associate Director of International Programs at the University of Kansas (1993-98), Director of the Asian Affairs Center at the University of Missouri (1998-2003) and Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM (2003-2012) . His academic interests included Chinese political economy, Chinese foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.