Today is our last full day in Tianjin. I honestly can say I'm ready to move on. I'm going to miss our host students as they have let us in and befriended all of us and shown us a good time for the last two weeks. I really hope someday I can return the favor and show them the America I know. I would even come back to China to visit just to see them.
On to the meat and potatoes of today's blog post. Yesterday while doing some research for our presentation tomorrow. I noticed that June 4th was the 21st anniversary of the Tienanmen Square protests in China. All I can remember was the video and images of the guy that stood in front of the column of tanks that were heading to the square. I also remember the politics that we in America thought. Since, at the very same time the former Soviet Union and East Germany was collapsing along with a lot other communist regimes at the time. During the Tienanmen Square protest we thought China was another country that was going to go back to a democracy maybe the exiled leadership in Twain would return.
This got me thinking about that time period. So, I tried to do a search about it in China and I could see links to the news articles but as soon as I clicked the link I would get server errors on the articles. Which I find kind of dishearten since China makes all this effort to seem free but at the same time will not allow people access to the new stories about their own history. I'm sure it probably a time that the Chinese government wishes that would not happen, and is just trying to make sure people don't think about or try and do it again. Especially right now with all the protesting that is going on in the Middle East and don't want it to come back. It's one of those things that just made me think and about some of the things that we take for granted in the US.