Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 9:40 PM
The English version of The Global Times (环球时报) newspaper yesterday published an opinion piece titled "Evolution of Chinese intellectuals' thought over two decades".
The lead is buried, but the story has broken state-owned Chinese media's silence on what they call 'June 4 incident':
Meantime, the British magazine Standpoint has published a piece by Jonathan Mirsky, a journalist who is fond of mentioning that he is persona non grata in China. The article includes the following paragraph:
This ridiculous exaggeration can be disproved by anyone by searching for the word "Tiananmen" or the word "天安门" on Baidu.com or Google.cn, and it shows how deeply out of touch China specialists can get when they never visit China:
Mirsky's assumption that "Tiananmen" itself refers to the incident inside China is a notion unique to the Western media. In the Mainland, the word refers to a central location in Beijing that has many, many associations beyond the 1989 events. For many Chinese people, the first association of the the word is the patriotic song "I love Beijing, Tiananmen" (我热爱北京天安门).
However, there has been some good writing on the 20 year anniversary published in the Western media; see the links below.
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