Looking Back: Tiananmen Square

| July 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
tiananmenmao Looking Back: Tiananmen Square

Few images created in the last century are as instantly recognizable as the official portrait of Mao that hangs over Tiananmen Square. For decades, the 15-by-20-foot oil painting has served as a national icon. This is the same image that, in the 60s and 70s, was widely reproduced and displayed in thousands of homes, schools, factories and government buildings.

Beijing, People’s Republic of China (April 26, 2002) — As I sit in Tian’anmen Square eating a Big Mac and drinking a Coke over the nucleus of a country’s rupture, I enter the world as a tourist; am become invisible like the dead son of an Inuit tribe that welcomes its children into the source of meaning by naming them through their environment. Snow, Sun, River—names in which are conjoined and condensed a person whose past and continuity coincide with the word until the child dies or is married off and the word is never to be repeated or refound. What word did you stop repeating when you learned of my absence?


This is an post from our collection entitled ‘Looking Back’. It includes an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001 when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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