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Tiananmen Square

ENG 101 - Final Presentation
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Brenton Shaffer

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square Massacre and its Effects on Modern Chinese Society Brenton Shaffer Power of the Students A Brief Introduction The Chinese Government refuses to accept any form of Capitalism and the westernization of their society.
Students protest in Tiananmen Square in 1989 after the death of Hu Yaobang.
Protests begin to get violent, on June 3rd, martial law is put on the city of Beijing.
Thousands of civilians in Tiananmen Square were killed. Chai Ling - was one of the student leaders in the protests.
Psychology Major at Beijing University
Survived the Protests
She claims, ". . . we insisted on [a] peaceful struggle. The highest principle of such a struggle was to sacrifice our lives. . . Students walked out of their tents in steady steps and sat down in the square, ready to confront bullets and bayonets. We were fighting a battle of love and hate, but not violence against violence. If we had lost our sense, as those soldiers did, and used sticks and other "weapons" to fight against their machine gunes, it would have been the greatest tragedy. (Lui) Students wishes The students wanted the rights and freedoms that their government had taken away from them for so long.
The Chinese are years behind the US and other countries in the world in this sense because other countries have had these rights since the 18th to the 19th century.
Their protests are a cry for political freedom, employment, and democracy. Repercussions of the Tiananmen Massacre What has been done?
The massacre had one of the greatest impacts on Chinese society today.
China has FINALLY begun to open up its doors to new technologies and finally the Internet.
Modern Technology - one of the leading producers. (Many countries outsource jobs to China, hence the boost in technology)
China's Youth is no longer quiet and conservative..
2008 Beijing Olympic Games blogs.salon.com chinapictures.org
What hasn't been done. Repercussions of the Tiananmen Massacre Censorship and Google
China blocked all access to any informaton about Chinese History that portrayed them in a bad light.
Therefore, any search topics about the Tiananmen Square Massacre has been blocked.
Thousands of police officers have the job of watching the internet and websites 24/7 for any material that is "not allowed".
Google closes China branch and moves it to Hong Kong where the censorship is less strict.
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