Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 8, 2020

Inconvenient Memories, by Anna Wang


  1. This is very interesting. I visited Beijing for the first time just after Tiananmen Square, as a student on my way to Japan, and there was a very strange atmosphere hanging over the city – the hotels were empty, there were very few foreigners (I was allowed there because I came from then still-Communist Romania).


    • That *is* an interesting experience. Did they let you do touristy things?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Some things were closed and you couldn’t pass through Tiananmen on foot at all (the buses didn’t even stop there), but yes, I saw some of the tourist sites.


  2. This sounds like something I’d like… I read Ma Jian’s Beijing Coma, which is a novel about the student protests and the subsequent massacre, and it’s a damning portrait of the powers that be and Chinese society as a whole, but I’ve not seen any biographies / true accounts about this era for obvious reasons: the State denies it ever happened. Indeed, when I went to China in 2010 I was warned not to Google Tiananmen Square or to discuss it with anyone while there because bad things might happen to me!


    • It did cross my mind that by publishing this review and others about China, I might be denied a visa if I ever wanted to go there…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. My impression of your review was that Wang was an unreliable witness, and in this context with a tendency to say what would suit the audience in her new home. Nevertheless, it is valuable as a first hand account of the times.

    I think it is going to takes us all a very long time, generations, to get used to living with such a large centrally controlled state. And one which is happy to take advantage of our own freedoms to purchase advantageous positions here while denying us reciprocal freedoms in China.


    • I didn’t mean to give that impression… she is writing about when she was young, and I think she shows well how she came to see things differently as time went by.


Please share your thoughts and join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: