Tag: Tienanmen Square
Thirty Years from Tienanmen Square
June 4, 2019 marks the thirty year anniversary of a dark day in Chinese history – what is known in the west as The Tienanmen Square Massacre. I remember this day very well. I had just graduated from college a month before. I had just gotten married a week after college graduation. We were in…
What’s Going On in Hong Kong?
One country, two systems. In 1997, Hong Kong was transferred back to China after Britain’s 100 year lease expired. The British-Chinese transfer agreement stated that, while Hong Kong would from that point on be under the sovereignty of the Beijing government, it would remain “untouched” in that certain civil liberties and democratic ideals which were…
How Governments Use Architecture
I wrote this abstract of Vale’s article listed below. The abstract highlights Vale’s attempt to show how governments use architecture to reinforce their ideology or to link their government to the glorious past. Vale, Lawrence J. “Mediated monuments and national identity.” Journal of Architecture 4.4 (Winter 1999): 391-408. Lawrence J. Vale in this article “explores the relationship…