The Tiananmen Square Massacre

The Tiananmen Square massacre is a significant part of China’s history, yet one which is slowly being forgotten by the younger Chinese generation. Having grown up in Hong Kong, where censorship isn’t as heavy as in mainland China, Athena Kam – a first year law student at Pembroke – has seen how censorship has affected the country’s collective memory of the event. In response, she has used lockdown to compile this list of resources, to enable people to educate themselves on the Tiananmen Square massacre. She spoke to Jess Wallis about how the treatment of the massacre in China is symptomatic of a far larger culture of censorship; extending from the ‘Great Firewall of China’ and censorship of the internet, to the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests which stemmed from a fear of losing rights and freedoms under growing Chinese influence. Considering this is the first year a vigil was not held in Hong Kong to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre, it is clear that China’s growing control over Hong Kong is already affecting the remembrance of the event, by increasing the censorship which characterises China and that citizens of Hong Kong strongly rally against. Athena feels the best way we can help is through educating ourselves, to hold China to account for their actions and not let such a brutal part of history be forgotten.