The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

June 12, 2014

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Louisa Lim, NPR Correspondent

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On June 4, 1989, People's Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter-century later, this defining event has been successfully expunged from collective memory.

At this Milken Institute Forum, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim discusses her book "The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited," which charts how the events of June 4th changed China -- and how China changed the events of June 4th by rewriting history.

Lim's book reveals new details, including: