25th Anniversary Edition
The events that took place at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 4 June 1989 attracted international attention and sparked outrage at the Chinese government’s military advance on student demonstrators. Since then, a new generation of Chinese has grown up in a country that continues to grapple with issues of political liberalisation, democracy and censorship. Twenty-five years on, Morgan Chua’s bold political cartoons offer us a graphic history of a period China would still like to sweep under the carpet.
Morgan Chua is a Singapore-born cartoonist who started drawing for the Singapore Herald in 1970. Chua’s publications include Tiananmen (1989), My Singapore (2000, 2008) and Divercity Singapore: A Cartoon History of Immigration (2010).
Watch this video where Morgan Chua recounts where he was on 4 June 1989 when the Tiananmen crackdown happened.
‘Executed in black and white, often with a wild frenzy of strokes and sharp lines, these images speak more eloquently than many written records of the events—one of the reasons that makes this historic edition a collector’s item’—Mint, The Wall Street Journal
‘[I]t is unlikely that many mainland Chinese will get to see this 25th anniversary edition of Morgan Chua’s book of cartoons. Which is a pity, because it is a collector’s item, a chilling indictment of state-sponsored violence against its citizens’—Business Standard
‘Chua’s new book offers a tongue-in-cheek depiction of the period that led up to the massacre; it also tells us what some of the key leaders on both sides of the divide are doing now’—Hindustan Times
‘Captures the spirit of an incomplete struggle, a dormant volcano etched in the memory of the world’—Tenzin Tsundue, writer and Free Tibet activist
‘Chua draws graphic satire with the disconcerting ease of a practised master of the form’ —Orijit Sen, graphic artist
‘One of the first in any media to respond to 4 June 1989 ... it addresses the Chinese amnesia that has surrounded this momentous event at the end of the Cold War. It needs to be read by today’s generation’
—Lim Cheng Tju, Comic historian