Two sisters. Former China journos. Together, they fight crime talk about China and being Chinese in America.
Shelley’s twitter here. Ying’s twitter here.
I just read your piece on the Toast, and it was so close to my own experience of Tiananmen that I felt that I had to reach out. I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where my father was a graduate student, in 1988. I was three. My mother also worked in restaurants, babysat and cleaned houses. We had a hand-me-down car with a broken transmission.
My first memory is of my parents sitting in their friends’ living room hastily scrawling bilingual protest signs. I remember specifically the smell of permanent ink marker. I asked what they were doing and they said they were driving to Chicago to 游行 — which of course I took to mean they were going to a parade. My uncle was also a college student in Beijing at the time and was at the Square. My family also ended up staying because of Bush’s executive order. (I also went to visit Philly just weeks ago.)
It’s so strange to even remember that there was a moment of such idealism in China recent history.
Wow, Ming, thank you for reaching out and sharing that memory of yours. That’s such a powerful story. I’m also amazed at the number of strange coincidences between our stories. Most of my parents’ friends had children that were much younger than me, so I haven’t really talked to anyone who went through a similar experience. While looking for pictures for that Toast piece, I discovered a set of photos my uncle had taken at Tiananmen Square that I had never seen. I’m going to post them on this blog if you’d like to take a look. The hope and happiness on some of the protestors’ faces is really something to see.
Is there a way to subscribe to your blog? Do you tweet? Thank you.
Shelley’s twitter is here at: https://twitter.com/shelzhang
And mine is: https://twitter.com/yingzhng
And there should be the usual WordPress/RSS way to follow our blog. Let me know if you have trouble with that.
Hi there. I’m a fellow blogger, and I wanted to let you know that I reblogged your post on the Tiananmen photos but then took it down from my site because I sort of felt like I was stealing your content. I absolutely love that post and it’s so moving for so many reasons. I had never reblogged a post before, and when I looked at your post on my site, it just looked too much like I was taking credit for it, and I’m not comfortable with that. I’ve heard other WordPress users say that they feel that the new reblog feature is too much like content theft (regardless of one’s intentions), and now I see why.
If it’s all right with you, I would like to feature your post in my weekly ‘Friday 5’ series, which is a round-up of my five favorite articles, videos, and photo essays each week. I usually focus on material relating to educational policy and practice, but your photos and the history behind them have such incredible historical and educational value that I want to share them with my readers. My post would include a description of your article plus a link to it on your page and why people should read it. It won’t include any text other than maybe a quote, and with your permission, I would like to feature one of the photos as well. Here’s an example of one of my previous Friday 5 posts for reference:
Thanks for your time, and again, thank you so much for sharing this incredible story with us.
Hi Chris, thanks for the message. You totally have my permission to use one of the photos. I’m honored that you’d like to share these photos with your readers.
Just published my post featuring your piece and the photo. I decided to feature them in the post instead of make them a part of my Friday 5 series. The more I thought about your story, the more I wanted to make it my focus. Here’s a link, and please let me know if you find any inaccuracies:
I really admire your work and your efforts to bring some very difficult issues to light. It was a privilege to read and write about your family’s story. Thanks so much.
Hi China girls, good on you for posting info about ‘Free China’. Your photos of Tienanmen Sq. offer irrefutable proof that Democracy/Freedom was a undoubtedly a dream of China’s youth. Although a relatively recent and western ideology communist practice in China is positively draconian and medieval or should I just say evil especially now that news has reached the West that millions of innocent Falun Gong cruelly suffer and thousands are dead from torture and enforced organ harvesting. This is something that would become widely known and I daresay stopped if ML Chinese could freely access the web and learn the truth. Once again well done!
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