In May 1989, my husband and I visited
We knew that there had been sporadic student “unrest” at Chinese universities during the month of April and that May 4, the night of our arrival in
On May 5, the China Times of Taipei and the People’s Daily of Beijing both reported in their Chinese editions that university students had demonstrated on May 4. This we did not know until we were back home.
Although we had been told that we were to stay at
We were instructed to take a train, May 5, for
Later, in a room that could seat 100 people, we watched a fashion show “to give six young women practice” in modeling. We sat around for about two hours in a lovely garden waiting for a train to
On May 6, we visited
We were very well briefed at the Municipal Archives in
Minister Qian was especially concerned that there be continuing availability of loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Although the
Both Chai and Qian sought praise for PRC’s then restraint in the face of the sporadic student uprisings. They gave no evidence that they anticipated that the general population would support the students to the degree that they did on June 4 in
“Our biggest problem was housing. In Chinese cities, work units usually provide inexpensive housing… in some cases four or five people from three generations were living in one 15-square-meter room. Our combined salaries were less than 200 yuan a month… We thought we might have to continue living separately in single-sex dormitories… One of the problems of being an intellectual today in
We were in
What are the prospects for
The PRC is trying hard to get foreign businessmen to return, negotiations are easier, and many Japanese who primarily are traders with little capital invested in PRC have returned. However, businessmen from the U.S. who do invest capital and Hong Kong businessmen-who account for 60 percent of PRC’s foreign investment-are more wary.
By the third week of June, some
Rita Ricardo-Campbell, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at