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“记得第一次听说‘六四’……”——个人故事征集 // When Did You Learn About Tiananmen? A Call for Personal Stories

今年是北京天安门民主抗议和武力镇压事件的30周年。1989年六月四日,当中国军队在北京街道上对民众开枪时,便注定那一天会永远定格在世界的记忆里。但在中国大陆过去的三十年里,这份记忆一直在被抹杀;甚至,很多中国年轻人都没有听说过“六四事件”,或是直到离开中国后,才有机会对自己国家的这一历史事件有所了解。

我们想知道你初次听闻这个事件时的情境与感受。

我们希望能听到你的亲口讲述。

如果“六四”发生时你年龄尚小(或者还没出生),你还记得你第一次是如何知道的吗?你当时在哪里?是如何被告知的?那个时候有怎样的感受?如今呢?

如果你是一个家长,而“六四”发生时你的孩子年龄尚小或还未出生,你后来告诉孩子这件事了吗?你是如何决定的呢?如果你告诉了孩子,你当时是怎样说的呢?说的时候感受如何?你的孩子反应如何?你现在对你的决定满意吗?

请把你的故事录音(中英文都可以)然后把音频文件发送到我们的邮箱 story@chinafile.com。或者,你也可以把音频文件发到 Signal 账号+1 718-415-9785 (请注意这个Signal账号无法接受电话或语音消息,请务必把你的讲述以音频文件附件的形式发送)。

在讲述过程中,请告诉我们你的年龄。你可以选择讲出你的名字,也可以匿名。

我们可能会把你的讲述片段在相关文章中引用,或在相关活动现场及线上进行播放。如果你不希望你的讲述被在这些场合引用,或这你希望被引用的时候身份信息被保密,请在录音里说明。

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2019 marks the 30th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing and of the Chinese government’s deadly crackdown to end them. June 4, the day Chinese troops shot Chinese citizens in the streets of Beijing, will be a day of commemoration and memory in much of the world. In mainland China itself, however, as during the past three decades, such commemoration will be actively suppressed. Many young people in mainland China don’t know what took place in 1989. Others encounter this piece of their country’s history only after leaving China.

We’re interested to know more about how such revelations unfold and what they feel like.

We want to hear your story, in your own voice.

If you are too young to have personal memories of 1989, how did you first learn about what happened at Tiananmen Square? Where were you? What transpired? How did you feel at the time? And how do you feel about it now, upon reflection?

If you are a parent of a child who is too young to remember or who was born after Tiananmen, what choices have you made about discussing the event with your child? Why did you choose to tell them about it, or why did you choose not to tell them? If you have discussed Tiananmen with your children, what took place? How did it feel? How did your children react? How do you feel about your decision?

Please record your story as a voice memo on your phone, in either Chinese or English. You can send it to us as an attachment via email to story@chinafile.com. Or, you can send it as an attachment on Signal to +1 718-415-9785 (please note that this number is not set up to receive calls or voicemails—please send your voice memo only as an attachment).

In your voice memo, please tell us how old you are. You may choose to tell us your name or to remain anonymous—it’s up to you.

We may include excerpts of your story in a written article or as part of an audio clip at a live event and online. So if you don’t want your story to be quoted, or if you wish to remain anonymous publicly, please note that in your recording.