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Book review: The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim

By Prospect Team   June 2014

The title of this book by NPR’s Beijing correspondent, Louisa Lim, undersells its scope and ambition. Lim does not simply revisit the Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989, although she vividly describes how the events unfolded, beginning in April with student sit-ins and ending with the June massacre by the army, which left hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians dead. Instead, the real subject of the book is the legacy of Tiananmen over the past 25 years, from a new emphasis on nationalism in the school curriculum, to the economic freedoms…

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