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China’s top livestreamer returns after 3-month disappearance following ‘tank cake’ controversy

  • China's top livestreaming sales influencer Li Jiaqi has returned to livestreaming after a three-month-long absence following his presentation of an ice cream tank on the eve of the Tiananmen Square protest anniversary.
  • The ice cream resembled the military tanks that became a widely recognized symbol of the pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
  • Upon his return to streaming, Li did not give any explanation for his disappearance, nor did his studio.
  • His fans were quick to flood his livestream with comments welcoming him back. Viewers bought out the goods he was selling faster than expected, which caused Li to end the show earlier than usual.

China’s top livestreaming sales influencer has returned to screens after a three-month-long absence following his presentation of an ice cream tank on the eve of the Tiananmen Square protest anniversary. 

Li Jiaqi, also known as the “Lipstick King,” is known for his livestreaming channel on Alibaba Group’s Taobao Marketplace, where he sells products ranging from cosmetics to food brands.

All-AAPI musical about Tiananmen Square protests begins rehearsals in New York

  • The rehearsal for “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” a rock musical that criticizes the Chinese government’s massacre of students at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, is underway.
  • The musical stars an all-Asian American and Pacific Islander cast, and is being directed and choreographed by veteran Broadway actor Darren Lee, with Wu’er Kaixi, a Chinese dissident who led a group of students to protest on Tiananmen Square in 1989, serving as the production’s conceiver and creative consultant.
  • “‘Tiananmen’ is a brave and necessary work to remind us all of the hinge of world history that happened in Tiananmen Square at a time when China is trying to erase all that happened there from memory,” Lee, a Chinese American, said.
  • The rehearsals kicked off in New York on Tuesday with two dramatic reading performances set to take place on Sept. 20.
  • "Tiananmen: A New Musical" will premiere at the Phoenix Theater Company in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 6, 2023, before going on a five-week regional tour with hopes of taking the rock musical to Broadway.

Rehearsals for “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” a rock musical critical of the Chinese government’s massacre of students at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, have begun.

The rehearsals kicked off in New York on Tuesday with two dramatic reading performances set to take place on Sept. 20. “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” which has a stage production budget of $750,000, will premiere at the Phoenix Theater Company in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 6, 2023, before going on a five-week regional tour with hopes of taking the rock musical to Broadway.

Top China livestreamer goes offline after showing ice-cream tank on Tiananmen Square anniversary

  • On Friday evening, top China e-commerce livestreamer Li Jiaqi and a co-host presented Viennetta ice cream to sell during a live broadcast.
  • The ice cream on a plate, adorned with Oreos and a chocolate ball, appeared to resemble a tank, coincidentally on the eve of the Tiananmen Square protest anniversary.
  • While Li most likely obliviously displayed a tank on his show, the Chinese government has been known to take censorship of the event very seriously.
  • Li’s account appears to have suspended all activity, with the sales guru also failing to show up for a scheduled broadcast on Sunday.
  • The tank became a widely recognized symbol of the protests after an iconic photo was taken of the famous “tank man,” in which a lone man in civilian clothing stood in front of a line of Chinese military tanks at Tiananmen Square.

The account of top China e-commerce livestreamer Li Jiaqi appears to have suspended all activity after showing an ice-cream tank on the eve of the Tiananmen Square anniversary.

June 4 marked the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, which resulted in a bloody crackdown of its thousands of peaceful participants — most of which were students — by the Chinese military.  

Tiananmen Square protester and Army vet Yan Xiong faces off against de Blasio in race for Congress

Yan Xiong congress Bill de Blasio
  • Yan Xiong, a Tiananmen Square protester and U.S. Army veteran, is going up against former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the race for a seat in the city's 10th Congressional District.
  • Xiong, 57, told the New York Post on Sunday that “it would be horrible” if de Blasio gets elected to Congress, adding that the former mayor paid no attention to the Asian community while he was still leading the city.
  • “De Blasio ignored Chinatown and Asian American community,” Xiong was quoted as saying. “The Chinese community will not be ignored if I’m elected to Congress.”
  • Xiong was one of the student leaders who protested during the Tiananmen Democratic Movement in 1989. He was arrested, imprisoned at the Qincheng Prison for 19 months and named one of the movement’s 21 most wanted leaders in China.
  • He moved to the U.S. as a political refugee in 1992 and joined the U.S. Army in 1994. He was commissioned in 2003 and is currently a U.S. Army chaplain.
  • De Blasio and Xiong will face off in the Democratic primary on Aug. 23.

Tiananmen Square protester and U.S. Army veteran Yan Xiong is going up against former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a seat in the city’s 10th Congressional District.

In an interview with the New York Post on Sunday, Xiong, 57, said “it would be horrible” if de Blasio gets elected to Congress, adding that the former mayor paid no attention to the Asian American community while he was still leading the city.

Chinese woman in Australia filmed ripping down Tiananmen Square posters, denying Uyghur ‘camps’ claim

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  • A Chinese woman was filmed tearing down several posters that were created to support Hong Kong’s democracy from the Lennon Wall at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
  • The woman allegedly dismissed the events that occurred during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre by calling them “lies” and incorrectly saying that they took place “50 years ago.” The incident was filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland.
  • His video was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”
  • The woman can be seen laughing in the video after Kugelman brings up the alleged human rights violations against Uyghurs in China.

A Chinese woman purportedly studying in Brisbane, Australia, was recently filmed rejecting the claim of Uyghur Muslims being detained in “concentration camps” in China as she took down posters featuring photos of the Tiananmen Square protests created to support Hong Kong’s democracy.

The incident, filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland, was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”

Hong Kong activist sentenced to 15 months in prison over Tiananmen Square vigil

Hong Kong Activist
  • Chow Hang-tung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on June 4 last year and charged with “incitement to knowingly take part in an unauthorized assembly” in remembrance of the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • On Tuesday, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison for her part in organizing the vigil.
  • Her arrest is a part of a series of crackdowns on pro-democracy activists by the Hong Kong government.

Chow Hang-tung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for her part in organizing an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Lengthened time in prison

Chinese student who praised Tiananmen Square protestors was harassed by other Chinese students at Purdue

Purdue University
  • Purdue University’s president publicly responded to the alleged harassment and threats made to student Zhihao Kong, who posted on social media to commend the heroism of students killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
  • Soon after, Kong was reportedly followed by other Chinese students around campus, called a CIA agent and threatened to be reported to the Chinese embassy.
  • A ProPublica article was written about Kong in November, which brought national attention to his story.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the school was not aware of the alleged mistreatment a Chinese student faced for speaking out on Chinese politics until it became national news.

In November, ProPublica published an article about the aggression Kong faced after talking about the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Chinese Premier Known as the ‘Butcher of Beijing’ For Tiananmen Square Massacre Dies at 90

Former Chinese premier Li Peng, known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the Tiananmen Square killings, has died at the age of 90 in Beijing on Monday, July 22. 

Considered as one of China’s most influential but controversial political leaders, Li reportedly succumbed to an unspecified illness after failing to respond to medical treatment, South China Morning Post reports. 

Over 180,000 Gather for the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong

A record number of Hongkongers gathered for a vigil dedicated to mourning activists who had lost their lives in the bloody 1989 crackdown on democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The crowds were dressed mostly in black and white as they began gathering between 6 and 7 p.m. Many came prepared with umbrellas and raincoats due to the light rain as battery-powered candles were distributed to the arrivals.

The Internet Reenacted the ‘Tank Man’ Photo in Honor of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Anniversary

Chinese censorship has not stopped people around the world from sharing photos of themselves standing tall and holding shopping bags in remembrance of the “Tank Man” who stood defiantly in front of tanks near Tiananmen Square 29 years ago.

The Tank Man blocked a convoy of tanks on June 5, 1989, after hundreds of thousands of people perished on Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue as the military was ordered to prevent student-led, pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square, according to Shanghaiist.