News Archive 2009-2018

Bowdoin Q&A: Chinese Writers Tackle Tiananmen From Afar Archives

Belinda Kong


Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and English Belinda Kong has written the first full-length study of fictions related to the 1989 movement and massacre at Tiananmen Square.

In a recent interview, she discusses the effects of censorship and the importance of diasporic writers in shaping global understanding of Chinese history.

“Tiananmen has often been talked about as a movement targeting political corruption and expressive repression,” said Kong, “but it was also catalyzed by precisely the types of socioeconomic problems motivating the Occupy movement.”