|UCI comes together to memorialize those killed in the |
Tiananmen Massacre of 4 June 1989.
Photo © Daniel C. Tsang 1989.
|Wang Dan with fellow students in 1989|
He obtained his Ph.D at Harvard, where his dissertation in 2008 compared state violence under Mao and Chiang (Kai Shek on Taiwan) in the 1950s.
He now is an academic in Taiwan. He is banned from China (and Hong Kong as well). His memoir, in Chinese, 王丹回憶錄 : 從六四到流亡, came out last fall in Taiwan.
|Cover of Hong Kong publication|
Listening to his 2006 talk here, I am struck by how he relevant his talk still is, given that China still faces many of the same problems he talked about. Wang Dan explains how corruption in China moved the Peking University and other protesting students to seek democratization and discusses the challenges China still faces.
Wang Dan's talk first aired on KUCI's Subversity show on June 19, 2006. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy in the School of Social Sciences at UC Irvine, Wang Dan spoke on May 25, 2006 on the topic: "Rethinking the Past and Looking to the Future of China." The audio includes a Q&A.