Andrew Lam: Post Tiananmen: China's Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Note: The essay below,reposted on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing. is excerpted from East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, (Heyday 2010),
There came a startling moment when everything shifted. A man carrying two plastic bags, one in each hand, stood directly in the path of a column of armored tanks, effectively preventing them from proceeding down the avenue toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
The day before, on June 4, 1989, hundreds of pro-democracy students and workers had been gunned down in and near the square. The image of "Tank Man," as he's now called, stays indelibly in the mind. Some have said his name is Wang Weilin, a 19-year-old student, whereabouts unknown. There is speculation that he either was executed or is living in exile in Taiwan. Whoever he is, wherever he is now, dead or alive, it is certain that for a brief moment he managed to stop the machines with just his body. This unknown r...
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