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Tinanmen Diary

Change is the dramatic art of survival. If one is to survive, one needs to adapt to changing needs and desires.The Communist Party in China was started for just that reason. The Chinese wanted a change from what was going on in the country at the time.The student and worker protesters at Tiananmen Square wanted the same goal to be met.They wanted a dialogue to discuss the need for an adaptation, a change in the way things were being done in modern China.However, the bloody massacre at Tiananmen Square only exemplifies the point that the Communist Party, born out of revolution, would not allow another revolution to be born.In the book, Tiananmen Diary, Harrison Salisbury takes the reader through a minute by minute account of the days leading up to the massacre and the subsequent aftermath.In this review, I will explore the Tiananmen Square Massacre and its affect on China through the eyes and ears of Harrison Salisbury.I will give my opinion of Harrison and his revelations, while also exploring China and Tiananmen Square using other authors from class.
Before reading a book on China, a foreigner needs to understand China, its history and its beliefs.China is a country of legends and symbols, of tradition and heritage.As Salisbury states, "China is…ruled by her three great symbols: the Yellow River, the Great Wall, and the Dragon". Each of these symbols represents a way of life for the Chinese.
China is a very proud country with many natural wonders within its own borders.The Yellow River is one such symbol for the Chinese people.These citizens turn inward in order to cherish this particular river, rather then look outward toward the ocean.The Yellow River, as a great emblem of who China is, is a tremendous rallying symbol around which to look inward.The river is a symbol for the people that they need to rely upon themselves.They must not look to the sea, to the outside for help.Everythi…

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