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Two views of the May Fourth Movement

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The May Fourth Movement (五四运动 wǔsì yùndòng), named after student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919, is being used by the Party to whip up nationalism. Naturally, only a carefully curated and censored history of the events one hundred years ago is permitted in China’s educational institutions and media.

Here are two visions of the May Fourth Movement — the Party view from Xinhua, and a take from regular SupChina contributor and author Eric Fish that is  — dare I say — more rooted in real history:

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Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.

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