Evening Chats in Beijing by Perry Link
Probing China's Predicament

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Chinese intellectuals have a traditional duty, for which there is no equivalent in the West: to worry, to "take responsibility for all under heaven", to argue the question "What can we do with China?" The Spring 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square climaxed a year of animated, despairing, idealistic worry - a year in which writers, journalists, scientists, professors and officials were able to gather in private to trade views on the corruption permeating Chinese society and the political repression exercised by the Communist Party. This pastime of "chatting" always turned to questions of responsibility: Should one resist - how? Follow an independent path? Flee the country? Perry Link was present at many evening chats involving China's most prominent intellectuals. In conveying their worries here, he allows the Chinese themselves to tell us why Beijing took to the streets in spring 1989 and why China's crisis remains unresolved.

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Perry Link is retired from a career teaching at Princeton University and now is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He publishes on Chinese language, literature, and cultural history, and also writes and speaks on human rights in China.
Published August 1, 1992 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.. 321 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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For his part, Link is both compassionate toward and critical of China's intellectual elite, concluding that more than brain power is needed to ``alleviate China's pain or restore its morale.'' An invaluable opening onto China's best and brightest hearts and minds.

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