the fire these times

89/ Tiananmen, Denialism and History (With Christopher Wong)

This is a conversation with Christopher Wong, a writer and researcher with Cool Zone Media whose essay “When communists crushed the international workers’ movement” for Lausan was the subject of this conversation.

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Music by Tarabeat.

Topics Discussed:

  • The Tiananmen massacre in its historical context
  • The meaning of Tiananmen
  • How we remember Tiananmen and what we erase
  • The before and the after
  • The cost of denialism
  • Tiananmen/Syria comparisons
  • Occupying the squares vs occupying the factories
  • On class identities
  • How could it have been different?
  • Aesthetics and politics
  • Burying the past
  • On tankies

Recommended Books:

+ I recommended Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan by Sho Konishi

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