August 23, 2013

Visions of Tiananmen Square

By Steve Locke

Freedom. Justice. Revolution.

A student-led uprising. An individual using his body to halt a procession of tanks.

Big images and big ideas, to be sure.

20 years after Tiananmen Square, democracy still struggles to thrive in a China that shuns the west and forbids dissidence. In his book, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square, Michel Cormier unveils nearly a century's worth of failed attempts at revolution, accumulating in the historical student-led uprising in 1989.

Next month, Thin Air will welcome Cormier to share his accounts as the former Radio Canada/CBC correspondent to China, and to put the lengthy struggle for democracy into perspective. As a primer, tune into this CBC interview to refresh your mind with some context and details of the conflict, and be sure come down to the festival to learn about it in person.

On Thursday, September 26, Michel Cormier will be reading at the Great West Life Lecture Theatre at Red River College from 1 to 2pm. See him next at "Big Ideas: China" from 4:30 to 5:30 in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millenium Library, and at "Livres en fête: Gala" in the Antoine Gaborieau room at Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain at 7:30pm.


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