Tuesday, June 03, 2008

19 years ago today

I was in northeast China, listening to the shortwave radio and saying, "Oh shit."


  1. Tiananmen Square? YOu were there??? Can't believe it's been that long..... time really flies.

  2. Time really does fly. I feel a little shocked it's been almost 20 years.

    I was there, in China, though not in Beijing when the shit went down. I was teaching in northeast China (Manchuria, really). I had been in Beijing just a couple of weeks earlier, riding a bike around the university district, dodging demonstrations and handing out resumes.

    Getting out of the country was rather fraught. Some of my students ended up in prison, and I wasn't sure if I would, too.

    But in the end I went back for another two years, in Beijing.