Mother Courage

Until the night of June 3, 1989, Ding Zilin and her associates considered themselves ordinary mothers. But that was the night the Chinese government ordered its military to fire on civilians in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Ding's 17-year-old son, Jiang Jielian, was shot and killed while crouching behind a rosebush. After that night, motherhood and massacre became inseparable for Ding and others like her. They banded together and called themselves Tiananmen Mothers.

For 15 years, Ding has painstakingly gathered information about victims of Tiananmen. Despite police surveillance, dismissal from her job as a university tutor and expulsion from...

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