Thursday, June 04, 2009

Remembering 6.4.1989

It pains me to post this, because the act would hurt people that i love the most, both alive and underground, because they believe in the Communist party that "rescued China from the Evil clutches of Foreign Powers". "You would not be alive if not for the Communists!" Mom said to me in our latest argument over the Country's politics.
it's quite strange, maybe beyond the western countryman's ability to recognize, how "Ungrateful" Chinese people feel towards their country in asking for Democracy. it brings to mind Oliver Twist, asking for more soup... Though i can see the problems and anger that lies just beneath the Economy boom, and the moral decline that follows so much ban on things that ARE worth talking about. It pains me because i want to be proud of my country always, like when i was watching the Olympics, but find it impossible at times, when so much of the truth is shrouded in darkness.
So i want to remember the "June Fourth Inciddent", because i saw most of these pictures only today, 20 years later. Knowing that the act would probably ban my blog in China soon, but knowing that nothing can stay banned forever.

Shelly Wan

5 comments:

Rob Brown said...

thank you for posting this...i agree. suppressing anything even those we consider as "bad" is never good. It's such a beautiful country; i really hope things improve...

Jeremy Elder said...

Startling photos.

China has so much amazing culture and history that remains despite communist rule. Hopefully this will prevail eventually.

Julia said...

Things will change - China is too big and with too many people wanting things to be better for it not to change - watch this and you'll see how much people in China have changed China - http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_reveals_new_insights_on_poverty.html

It makes you aware of how much things HAVE gotten better in general - and will continue to do so!

Hororo said...

It's very courageous of you to take a stand. Nobody should have to fight to be informed about their country's past.

Isra said...

Well, I usually watch your blog without comments, but when I've seen that you have the same problem than me with your family, I've thought that I must say something. It's not exactly the same problem, you talk about politicians, we talk about religion. I want to tell you that the best way to do things is... not to talk about the subject. When my mother begins to talk about it, I put a stupid smile in my face and I say 'yes' to everything. It's better, trust me. That's all.