20 years later

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  I can’t believe that China (mainland) still refusues to recognize that so many were killed.  I don’t understand how a culture that has a picture of a scantily-clad movie star advertising jewelry on the side of a public bus, can still be living like it’s the middle ages.  I encountered so many wonderful people in Beijing each with a personal voice and unique story to share.  It’s so interesting to me the ideas that the government chooses to supress and the others it lets in.  I can’t wrap my brain around it.

I so very much enjoyed my time at Tiananmen Square.  I could have stayed all day just people watching.  It was such a strange feeling to be on the other side of “majority” as a young, American female.  It took a little getting used all the staring and picture taking, but I had to embrace it or go crazy!  What I loved is that I felt like I was able to communicate with lots of people w/o ever saying a word.  Smiling really is a universal symbol that can disarm just about anyone.  I liked feeling like I had my own little United Nations meeting helping to gap the cultural divide.

Tiananmen Square November 2008

Tiananmen Square 2008

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