Tiananmen Square Massacre and Chinese Migration

The protests in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989 resulted in up to 2,600 deaths and in the injury of up to 10,000 people, most of them students. The protests were a reaction to Government corruption and poor socioeconomic policies. It began as a series of non-violent resistance such as a hunger strike and public sit ins. The movement is represented by the iconic “Tank Man,” seen in this comic, who stood in front of an army tank and refused to move. He embodies the power of social change.

Australian immigration policy changed temporarily in the 1980s and early 1990s to take in an influx of Chinese migrants as a result of the ongoing political turmoil. Most of these migrants were students and professionals. They have been highly mobile and contributed tremendously to Australian society in the professional classes.