Nearly 20 years to the day that the Chinese government violently cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, author Diane Wei Liang discusses her memoir of the period, Lake With No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China, on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
In 1989 thousands of Chinese, led mainly by students and intellectuals, began gathering in Tiananmen Square on April 14 to mourn the death of Hu Yaobang, the reformist Communist Party leader, and protest the communist regime in power in China. By June 4, 1989, more than 100,000 people had gathered on the Tiananmen Square when the Chinese government sent tanks to crush the demonstration.
Lake with No Name is Diane Wei Liang’s remembrance of this time, of her own role in the democratic movement and of the friends and lovers who stood beside her and made history on that terrible day.
Diane Wei Liang has a Ph.D. in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University and was a professor of business in the U.S. and the U.K. for more than 10 years. She is the author of two previous novels, Paper Butterfly and The Eye of Jade.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here  or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.