Today is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre that occurred on June 4, 1989. A remembrance was held at Hing Hay Park in Seattle’s Chinatown where several mayoral candidates spoke about the massacre and about our current events.
I vaguely remember seeing video coverage on TV and some images in magazines and newspapers. I was only 13 years old and more concerned with hanging out with friends and playing video games. World events really didn’t factor into my media consumption at the time. It wasn’t until much later (studying photography in college) that I learned more about what happened.
I don’t see many references to Tiananmen Square nowadays. Perhaps this is because the event happened so long ago, and we’ve endured many more tragic events in recent times. I wonder how people will view or remember today’s tragedies in 30 years.
Seattle, WA. June 4, 2017.