Tiananmen Diary

Matthew Southerland, second from right in second row, with friends from the Beijing International School, Fall 1988.

A Child’s View of Tiananmen

At age six, Dan Southerland's son, Matthew, had heard enough to sympathize with the students protesting on the square. He drew dinosaurs representing the leadership and bird-like symbols of the students, easy prey to the much larger beasts.

In this video—never before released publicly—Muriel Southerland remembers life in Beijing during the historic events of May and June 1989. Watch larger version

Watch an 8 minute excerpt of Chinese CCTV coverage of Zhao Ziyang talking to students on May 19, 1989. Video captured by Muriel Southerland
View Full Site