“The events of the June Fourth massacre in Beijing in 1989 were so extreme that descriptions of it tend to be emotional. Anna Wang’s story helps us to understand what an ordinary Chinese citizen’s life felt beneath all the sturm und drang of the times. The color of her descriptions brings to life a period of Chinese history that large forces seem to have pressed colorless.”

Perry Link 

University of California, Riverside


“Not only is this book extraordinarily entertaining and well written, it is likely to become a significant source of China’s history and development as personally witnessed by an insightful participant. Highly Recommended on many levels.”

Grady Harp

Amazon Top 50 Hall of Fame Reviewer



“A deeply intimate and revealing portrait of ‘real life’ inside China before and after the climactic Tiananmen Square Incident. Writer Anna Wang confronts her own country's history with eyes wide open. Breathtaking!"

John J. Kelly

Detroit Free Press


“By just about any measure, author Anna Wang has crafted a remarkable and intense memoir that deftly blends her own personal life with pre and post events related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests led by students in Beijing, China.  Wang also raises the question if citizenship in counties such as Canada and the USA further immigrants feeling of belonging to the host nation or will their always be a deep yearning for their motherland?” 

Norm Goldman


“Anna Wang brings us a powerful and deeply personal story of China, human rights, and the progression of a people.”

Pamela Gossiaux

Author and Speaker


“Wang’s memoir artfully braids the personal and the political. A moving recollection of personal and national identity.”

Kirkus Reviews


In writing this fascinatingly informative book, the author Anna Wang has fulfilled a promise she made to herself long after the terrible massacre at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, a promise to tell her story about the events at that time....I would highly recommend this fascinating book to anyone interested in history, memoirs, and life in China through the 20th, and into the 21st century.  

Susan Keefe

English Informer


Prologue:    An Unexamined Life

Chapter 1:  Become Hundreds and Thousands of Words    

Chapter 2:  A Tale of Two Cities    

Chapter 3:  My Best Friend Forever    

Chapter 4:  First Asia, Next the World!    

Chapter 5:  FESCO   

Chapter 6:  Searching for an Ally    

Chapter 7:  Love in the Time of Protests    

Chapter 8:  April Is the Cruelest Month    

Chapter 9:  The Song of the Stormy Petrel    

Chapter 10: A Trip to Shanghai 

Chapter 11: The Hunger Strike Begins

Chapter 12: Under Martial Law

Chapter 13: The Hutongs

Chapter 14: Tonight is the Night

Chapter 15: In under a Week

Chapter 16: Force Majeure

Chapter 17: Goodbye, Grandma

Chapter 18: The Ringside Seat

Chapter 19: The Fleeting Nineties

Chapter 20: The World of Ideal Forms

Chapter 21: The Ballad of Photo Studios

Chapter 22: Three Years of Broken Lotuses

Epilogue:     God Bless China

Inconvenient Memories

Book Trailer:

I Shall Become Hundreds of Thousands of Words

Narrated by Lisa Cordileone



Chapter 13 of Inconvenient Memories was published by Cha, a literary webzine based in Hong Kong.

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Chapter 15 of Inconvenient Memories was published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, China Channel.

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