HK students debate Tiananmen legacy

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Now a journalism student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the 20-year-old believes her generation should know and care about the events of 1989.

"We found we were not familiar with what happened and many others did not know either, and we wanted to arouse their consciousness," she said.

As a vice chairperson of the university's Social Sciences Society, she helped organise an exhibition on campus featuring a series of panels explaining what led up to 4 June violence, and its aftermath.

For many older residents in Hong Kong, the narrative is well known: the death of the reformist Chinese communist leader, Hu Yaobang, sparked emotional memorials to him and to the idea of reform.

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