4 June 2019 will mark thirty years since the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, when the Chinese government crushed the nascent democracy movement led by students and workers. The ensuing decades have brought tumultuous changes to the culture, politics, economics of China and the whole world. To honour the struggle of the democracy protesters, mourn their defeat, and take stock of the last three decades, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is convening a special feature, to be co-edited by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Lucas Klein, for publication in the June 2019 issue of the journal (Issue 44).
We are looking for high-quality and previously unpublished poems, stories, remembrances, essays, and works of creative nonfiction, either originally written in English or translated from any of China’s languages into English, and photography & art, on the topic of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement and its aftermath. Additionally, we welcome submissions of translations of the lyrics of Jacky Cheung’s banned song “The Path of Man” (人間道) into English—Please click HERE to read the Chinese lyrics. Apple Music in China removed this song due to its reference to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
At this time when mentioning the word ‘massacre’ or even ‘incident’ in conjunction with Tiananmen will get you censored, we can and must do better here in Hong Kong and around the world.
Please email submissions to email@example.com. The subject line should read “Tiananmen—[Your name]—Genre”. The extended deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019. Please follow our guidelines closely.