Author: Anna Wang
A rare and truthful memoir of a young woman's coming-of-age amid the Tiananmen Protests of 1989.
In 1989, Anna Wang was one of a lucky few who worked for a Japanese company, Canon. She traveled each day between her grandmother’s dilapidated commune-style apartment and an extravagant office just steps from Tiananmen Square. Her daily commute on Beijing’s impossibly crowded buses brought into view the full spectrum of China’s economic and social inequalities during the economic transition. When Tiananmen Protests broke out, her Japanese boss was concerned whether the protests would obstruct Canon’s assembly plant in China, and she was sent to Tiananmen Square on a daily basis to take photos for her boss to analyze for evidence of turning tides...
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“The events of the June Fourth massacre in Beijing in 1989 were so extreme that descriptions of it tend to be emotional. Anna Wang’s story of her decision to stay in China, hoping that economic development would bring democracy (while many of her friends were emigrating) helps us to understand what an ordinary Chinese citizen’s life felt beneath all the sturm und drang of the times. The color of her descriptions brings to life a period of Chinese history that large forces seem to have pressed colorless.”
University of California, Riverside
“Not only is this book extraordinarily entertaining and well written, it is likely to become a significant source of China’s history and development as personally witnessed by an insightful participant. Highly recommended on many levels.”
Amazon Top 50 Hall of Fame Reviewer
“Anna Wang brings us a powerful and deeply personal story of China, human rights, and the progression of a people.”
Author and Speaker
“A deeply intimate and revealing portrait of ‘real life’ inside China before and after the climactic Tiananmen Square Incident. Writer Anna Wang confronts her own country’s history with eyes wide open. Breathtaking!”
John J. Kelly
Detroit Free Press
“By just about any measure, author Anna Wang has crafted a remarkable and intense memoir that deftly blends her own personal life with pre- and post-events related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests led by students in Beijing, China. Wang also raises the question of whether citizenship in countries such as Canada and the USA will further immigrants’ feeling of belonging to the host nation or will there always be a deep yearning for their motherland?”
“Wang’s memoir artfully braids the personal and the political. This is an analytically rigorous and exceedingly thoughtful autobiography that intelligently chronicles the grand forces of history without ever forgetting about the lives caught up in them. A moving recollection of personal and national identity.”
“In writing this fascinatingly informative book, the author Anna Wang has fulfilled a promise she made to herself long after the terrible massacre at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, a promise to tell her story about the events at that time.”
Midwest Book Review
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Anna Wang explores the connections between today's China and those shots that rang out decades ago.