College of Arts and Sciences

Asian Studies

Featured Participants
Part of the series “Protest: Continuity and Change” at Saint Joseph's University

Featured participants:

Dr. James Carter is Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University and organizer of the “Tiananmen at 25” symposium. He is a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations. He is the author of several books on modern Chinese history, including (co-edited with Cynthia Paces) 1989: End of the 20th Century (Norton, 2010).

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is a PhD candidate in modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, and a freelance writer based in Shanghai. Her research has been supported by grants from the UC Pacific Rim Research Program, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Children's Literature Association. Her writing has appeared in The TLS, Time Asia, World History Connected, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Dr. Rowena Xiaoqing He is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She took part the 1989 Tiananmen Movement in the southern city of Guangzhou, and spent eight years working with political prisoners and student leaders. Her book Tiananmen Exiles will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in April. Dr. He’s seminars on the 1989 Tiananmen Movement and its aftermath have earned her the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years.
Dr. Carma Hinton is Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies at George Mason University. Hinton has co-directed many documentary films with Richard Gordon, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace (about China’s 1989 protest movement), winner of a George Foster Peabody Award, both the International Critics Prize and Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff World Television Festival, and the Golden Spire from the San Francisco International Film Festival (among other honors). Carma Hinton was born in Beijing. Chinese is her first language and culture.

Louisa Lim is an award-winning journalist who has been based in China for the past decade, most recently as NPR's Beijing bureau chief. Previously, she was the BBC's Beijing correspondent. She has been on NPR teams that won a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrow awards and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine, Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, and the author of four books, including Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China, co-edited with Elizabeth Perry, a collection of essays exploring the dramatic events of 1989, and Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China. He was one of three core consultants for the prize-winning documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Dr. Guoguang Wu is Professor of Political Science, Professor of History, and Chair in China and Asia-Pacific Relations at University of Victoria, Canada. He previously worked as a speechwriter for Chinese officials, including China’s Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang, before being purged following the 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown. He is author, coauthor, or editor of 21 books in English or Chinese.

Dr. Guobin Yang is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online and co-editor (with Ching Kwan Lee) of Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories of Reform China.