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30 Years after Tiananmen: Popular Protests in Chinese History and Contemporary Societies

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September 27, 2019


On September 27, 2019, the Bush China Foundation co-sponsored with The University of Texas Department of History and six other UT departments and centers a panel discussion on past and current popular protests in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations, scholars from the United States and China explored the aftermath of these historical protests and their continued impact on Chinese society as well as contemporary popular protests in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  

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Introductory Remarks

Dr. Madeline Y. HSU
Professor, Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin

President & CEO, George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations 


Mr. Alex CHOW
Graduate Student, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary-General, Hong Kong Federation of Students; Former Vice-President (External), Hong Kong University Students’ Union

Dr. Evan DAWLEY 
Associate Professor, Department of History, Goucher College; Author of “Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s to 1950s”

Dr. Chaohua WANG 
Independent Scholar; 1989 Student Leader; Author of “The People and the Party: The Tiananmen Conflict of 1989”

Dr. Teresa WRIGHT 
Chair & Professor, Department of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach; Author of “Accepting Authoritarianism, State Society Relations in China’s Reform Era” and “Popular Protest in China”