Survivors and the Dead
Fang Zheng (14 October 1966 - )
Fang was a student of Beijing Sports University. In the early morning of June 4, Fang was run over by a tank when he was trying to save a female student, which led to the amputation of both his legs. He went to the United States to have prosthetic legs fitted and was able to walk again. According to Fang, he may not be as courageous as Wang Weilin, who obstructed the advance of a column of tanks, but from another point of view, he is a more convincing example of the brutality of the Chinese troops in the June 4 Massacre.
Fang Zheng used to be a competitive athlete. After losing both of his legs in the June 4 Massacre, Fang was persecuted, being barred from competing in the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled.
Zhang Jian (11 November 1970 - )
Zhang was a leader of the team of student marshal. He came from a military family. At midnight of June 4, 1989, Zhang was shot three times by a soldier at Tiananmen Square. One of the bullets has been lodged in his body for 19 years. Zhang once said, “If ‘bullets of hatred’ can be said to exist, I hope this will be the last one.”
Complex fracture on the upper third of Zhang Jian’s right femoral shaft. X-rays of the gunshot wounds to his legs.
Wang Nan (3 April 1970 - 4 June 1989)
At midnight of June 4, 1989, Wang, a high school student who was just 19, put on a helmet and went to Tiananmen Square. He was there to take historic photos but died after being shot in the head. After Wang was shot, the martial law troops obstructed civilians from treating him. He was hastily buried on the spot after he died. His family was only able to find his body three days later.
The exhibition will show :-
- The helmet Wang was wearing when he died. The bullet entered through his upper left forehead and exited through the back of his left ear. The bullet hole on the helmet is clearly discernible.
- The protest headbands Wang was wearing:
- soul of China
- rule by law, democracy
- right=? wrong=?
Wu Xiangdong (13 August 1968 – 4 June 1989)
After seeing his girlfriend off at 8 p.m. on 3 June 1989, Wu was shot in the neck at around 11 p.m. near one end of Muxidi bridge. He died in Fuxing Hospital at midnight on June 4. He was just 21 years old.
Wu’s possessions represent those of typical Chinese teenagers at that time: once a member of the Young Pioneers of China, he became a worker after graduating from middle school. He studied in his spare time and later became the commissar in charge of publicity for the Communist Youth League of China. During the 1989 Democracy Movement, he went to Tiananmen Square to support the students nearly everyday. A lot of students signed his shirt, a memento popular at the time. On May 21, 1989, Wu wrote a letter in Tiananmen Square before he was killed in the June 4 Massacre.