Posts Tagged: protests

The First Arrest

Liu was arrested on June 6 and spent 20 months in prison, released in January 1991. He was deeply moved by the events at Tiananmen, and the protests remain one of the primary subjects of his work. Liu’s book of poetry, June Fourth Elegies, reflects on the events in the square. In Liu’s words, he… Read more »

Liu in the Square

Unlike Fang Lizhi, Liu played an important and active role in the Tiananmen demonstrations, cutting short a fellowship at Columbia University to be in Beijing. Liu acted as an advisor to students protesters and staged a hunger strike of his own in early June alongside musician Hou Dejian, journalist Gao Xin, and researcher Zhou Duo…. Read more »

The May Fourth Movement

The May Fourth Movement, wusi yundong (五四运动), brought Chen Duxiu to the height of his influence. Chinese intellectuals around the country were sparked to anger by Liang Qichao’s telegram from Paris announcing the secret agreement between the Chinese government and Japan to turn over Germany’s territorial concessions to the Japanese. Already planning to protest the anniversary of… Read more »