in this issue:
Viewfinder: 1989 in Tiananmen Square
– The Wilson Quarterly
Terril Yue Jones shares gripping, never-before-seen photos of China’s democracy protests in May and June of 1989.
Rise of the Post-Khomeini Era
– Haleh Esfandiari
1989 was a watershed year in Iran: constitutional changes, a fatwa against Rushdie, reconstruction from the Iran-Iraq War, and the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Hirohito's Long Shadow
– Shihoko Goto
Hirohito's descendants remain committed to Japan's traditional values, which desperately need reform.
China's 1989 Choice: the Paradox of Seeking Wealth and Democracy
– Joseph O'Mahoney and Zheng Wang
In 1989, China's government made a choice to combine political repression, a market economy, and globalization.
Denmark's Civil Unions: One Giant Leap for Mankind
– Daniel Krieger
When Denmark became the first country to legalize civil unions for gay couples, it marked the start of a new era of LGBTI rights, with global ripples that continue to reverberate today.
How “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons” Changed TV Forever
– Gina Masullo
In 1989, "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons" debuted. Yada, yada yada … television permanently changed.
How two-thirds of the Berlin Wall ended up in the U.S.
– Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes
The Berlin Wall went from a symbol of oppression to a commercial item with pieces bought and sold in the United States.
From Shame to Pride: the Fall of the Berlin Wall through German Eyes
– Hope M. Harrison
The decades-long story of how German shame that the Berlin Wall ever stood gave way to German pride that the Berlin Wall came down.