June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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Candles for Tiananmen

China | In Hong Kong, activists, survivors, and mainland Chinese travelers commemorate the hundreds killed at China’s Tiananmen Square three decades ago
by June Cheng
Posted 6/04/19, 05:58 pm

A sea of flickering candles on Tuesday night lit up Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, where an estimated 180,000 people gathered to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago. Attendees observed a moment of silence, listened to recollections of the horrific night, and sang “Bloodstained Glory,” the anthem of the 1989 pro-democracy protests.

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Planet in peril

China | Chinese blockbuster The Wandering Earth is a sci-fi spectacle with weak storytelling
by June Cheng
Posted 5/30/19, 10:53 am

Netflix users may have noticed a new Chinese sci-fi movie called The Wandering Earth pop up on their home page this month. While most Americans probably haven’t heard of the movie, it’s the year’s biggest film in China, where it grossed $693 million (plus an additional $7 million overseas). That makes it the second-highest-grossing non-English film in history following the 2017 hit Wolf Warrior 2, which I reviewed last year.

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Free at last

China | The 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre finds many leaders of the protest now laboring for Christ
by June Cheng
Posted 5/23/19, 03:28 pm

Thirty years ago on the predawn morning of June 4, 1989, tanks rolled down the streets of Beijing to Tiananmen Square, where tens of thousands of students had gathered for weeks pleading with the government for reform and democracy. The People’s Liberation Army opened fire on crowds of Beijing citizens who tried to block the troops, killing protesters, bystanders, and even residents inside their apartments. At 5 a.m., troops forced students off the square, sending tanks to pursue the retreating students and beating those who stayed behind.

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