Preview: ChinaFile Presents: Erasing History — Why Remember Tiananmen

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Date(s) - 07/03/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Asia Society


Cover image: People crowd at Tiananmen Square to see the flag-raising ceremony on January 1, 2017 in Beijing, China. About 26,000 people come to watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square on the first Day of 2017 in Beijing. (VCG/Stringer/Getty Images)

What’s up? 

Damage? $10-$15

Why you should go. This June marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most consequential moments in China’s modern history. On the night of June 3-4, China’s leader Deng Xiaoping ordered the Chinese military to clear Tiananmen Square of protesters who had gathered there for most of the spring of 1989 in order to call for political reforms. The soldiers then shot and killed hundreds of unarmed fellow citizens on the streets of Beijing. In the three decades since, China’s leaders have worked hard to expunge the protests and their violent suppression from the historical record, from the collective memory of China’s citizens, and from its centrality in perceptions of Chinese politics elsewhere in the world.

Useful tips:

  • RSVP ASAP (General Admission)
  • Dress code: Business or casual works
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Business cards are  always a plus.
  • Fancy a nightcap or a bite to eat nearby?
  1. Bar Room 117 60th St (between Lex and Park) – cozy, decent French wine, a crapload of beers on tap and bar food.
  2. Fig & Olive Lexington between 62nd 61st. One of many locations in New York City
  3. Lexington Bar & Books 1020 Lexington by 72nd St. – Close, cozy and rustic
  4. Loew’s Regency Bar & Grill (Park by 60th) – if you want a classy hotel bar with old school elegance, no need to look further.
  5. Vero Wine Bar 1483 2nd Ave (by 77th St.)