Chinese exile says Tiananmen was a beginning, not an ending

Apr 9, 2014

Rowena He was a teenager in China when the Tiananmen democracy protests began. The June 4th, 1989 massacre, when the Chinese government moved in to murder many of the protesters, marked a turning point for her, and many others of her generation.

Harvard lecturer and author Rowena He
Credit Kris Snibbe, Harvard staff photographer

"The world will witness the spirit of Tiananmen as the power of the powerless, again and again."

He eventually moved to Canada, and the U.S. and now teaches at Harvard University. She's also the author of a new book called "Tiananmen Exiles" which tells her story and that of three other Chinese exiles. He is in Missoula to deliver tonight's President's lecture at the University of Montana.
    In this feature interview, He talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the Tiananmen movement, which she points out was not limited to Beijing, but was nationwide.

[Rowena He will give a free public lecture on "China after Tiananmen", Wednesday evening, April 9th, at 8 0'clock in the Dennison theater on the University of Montana campus.]