Contents and Arrangement

Literature and Human Rights in China II, 1989 October 04

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This night is dedicated to human rights, and the event has two parts, with different participants. In the first section, Jonathan Spence discusses the historical antecedents to the protests in Tiananmen Square and the repression that followed; Shen Tong, a leader in the student movement, talks about various influences on the movement; the critic Su Wei examines the events from a cultural perspective; and the artist Ai Weiwei comments on the lack of freedom of expression for artists and its effects. The second part of the night is dedicated to a discussion of what happened in Tiananmen Square and what the future might hold: Wu'er Kaixi, another student leader, talks about the dissatisfaction and frustrated individualism of Chinese youth; Duo Duo discusses the experience of being in Tiananmen Square on June 4th during the massacre of protesters; Robin Munro, who was also there, speaks similarly about his experience; and Perry Link ends the evening by arguing that the democratic movement is in fact a very Chinese movement, instead of an importation of Western ideas, and also that June 4th will be a turning point in terms of the divide, for Chinese citizens, between what is said publicly and what one thinks privately. Some of the panelists speak in Chinese and their remarks are translated.

Portions of 4 compact cassette (1/8-inch magnetic audio tape; 90 minutes)

Two originals and two copies.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection History


Approximately 100 linear feet of material was separated in 2010, including duplicate material, clippings, general administrative and logistical files, general membership files, general reference files, publications (transferred to Firestone Library general collections) and extraneous material.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Bowden with the assistance of Jennifer Watkins in 1994. Finding aid written by Jennifer Bowden with the assistance of Jennifer Watkins in 1994.

Reprocessed by Regine Heberlein in 2010.

Original audiovisual media were digitized in 2015-2017 as part of a grant-funded digitization project in collaboration with PEN America. Description of audiovisual materials was enhanced by Kelly Bolding in 2018, using description provided by PEN America.

In 2022, restrictions on the P.E.N. Writers' Fund files were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Online access to most digitized audiovisual media in the collection is available through the PEN America Digital Archive site.

Credit this material:

Literature and Human Rights in China II; P.E.N. American Center Records, C0760, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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