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I was 12 when this happened. I remember watching it live on TV. I didn’t know the particulars but I knew, while watching that lone man, that the world was different now. Same for the Berlin Wall falling, the Challenger explosion, and 9/11 of course. Of all of those that I watched live, as it happened, Tiananmen is the most vivid still.
A difficult thing about living in China is being required to remain utterly silent about atrocities committed and political histories erased. Many of my neighbors, chinese citizens, had absolutely no idea ANY of this happened because media was so controlled at the time, and I could say absolutely nothing about it.
China is one of my favorite places I’ve ever lived, and thank the gods for the internet, because it’s finally, finally becoming a place where people can live with full knowledge of their home and history.