The Tank Treads of History

As we countdown toward the twentieth anniversary of June 4, it should be a frenetic week for China-watching (though probably not in China itself). Blogs -- one of the central outlets for reformers and dissidents -- have been shut down. And the latest: Chinese authorities have disbarred about 18 lawyers working on human rights cases.

Also: Zhao Ziyang's fascinating "alternate, if-the-students-had-won history of China"

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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