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FRONTLINE; China After Tiananmen

Part of Frontline. Part of Stories of East and South East Asia.

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China After Tiananmen
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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In June 1989, Chinese students defied their government and held pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Their voices of protest were silenced with tanks and guns. Three years later, FRONTLINE examines a country torn by the conflicting realities of liberal economic reform and continuing political repression. While China's ruling gerontocracy maintains a firm hold on political dissent, the people are embracing economic reforms and a more open society.



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Peoples of East Asia
Politics and Government
Business and Economics
Employment and Labor
Social Issues
Global Affairs
Drasnin, Irv (Writer)
Fanning, David (Executive Producer)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; China After Tiananmen,” GBH Archives, accessed December 4, 2023,
MLA: “FRONTLINE; China After Tiananmen.” GBH Archives. Web. December 4, 2023. <>.
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