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Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement: Series of Events Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of June 4th

Updated: Mar 7




2024 marks the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the 10th anniversary of the Umbrella Movement, and the 5th anniversary of the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement. This year, the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movements will continue to uphold memory, reject forgetting, and organize a series of commemorative events.


1. Feb 17: "Freedom to Read in New Hong Kong Symposium"

Discussing Hong Kong's freedom of reading, the fragmentation of domestic and international media, and the war between memory and forgetting.

Time: 2pm

Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre (Broadway) 711 W Broadway, Vancouver

Speakers:

  • Mak Hoi Wah, Former Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

  • Lo, Yan-Wai, Senior media person and director of a documentary “Vanished Archives”

  • Billy Fung, Member, Editorial Board, Flow HK



2. March 30: Documentary Film Screening "SHE’S IN JAIL"

Theme: A Fighter for Freedom in Hong Kong

Time: 1pm

Location: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver


3. April 28 (Sunday): Symposium "From 1989 to 2019 : Hong Kong’s Resistance, Trauma, and Memory" Time: 2pm

Venue: Langara College, Lecture Theatre A130; 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Speakers:

  • Alex Chow, Hong Kong Democracy Council, Board Member

  • Billy Fung, MLIS UBC

  • Ernie Chow, UBC, Grad Student in History


4. May 11 (Saturday): Symposium

Time: 2pm

Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre (Broadway) 711 W Broadway, Vancouver

Speaker: Zhou Fengsuo, Student Leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Movement


5. May 18 (Saturday): Symposium

"Memory as Resistance: From Tiananmen to Hong Kong" Time: 2pm Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre (Broadway) 711 W Broadway, Vancouver

  • Speaker: Rowena He, Scholar of June 4th unafraid of repression; Denied entry by the Hong Kong government and subsequently dismissed by CUHK


6. May 26 (Sunday): Democracy Walk

Assembly Point: Granville Loop Park (Granville St & W 5th Ave)

Assembly Time: 2:00pm, the march will begin at 2:30pm and conclude at the Chinese Consulate-General at 3380 Granville St (located at W 16th Ave).


7. June 2 (Sunday):

Laying Wreaths to the Goddess of Democracy to commemorate thousands of students and civilians who died in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

a) Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

Location: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 3789 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby

b) Joint Wreath-Laying Ceremony with UBC Alma Mater Society at the Goddess of Democracy.

Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Location: UBC Goddess of Democracy (between Brock Hall and The Nest)


8. June 4 (Tuesday): Candlelight Vigil

In memory of the thousands of students and civilians who died in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Time: 7:30pm

Location: David Lam Park, 1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

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