Tankman

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

— Thomas Jefferson

It is sad that today no young Chinese in mainland China know this lone and brave man who once blockaded a train of iron tanks with human body.

The first time I heard the term "Tankman" is from watching the CBS 60 minute interview. Michale Wallace questioned former Chinese president Jiang Zemin where Tankman was.

The first time I saw Tankman photo is from my graduate school class. The professor showed us the Time magazine cover photo.

When I came to US, I bought it from eBay and added it to my collections.

Nobody really knew who he is and where he is now. Maybe his friends or family were killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre. Maybe he was just a college student who was longing for freedom.

I admired his courage from the bottom of my heart. A brave man like him should not fade away from our memories. My son is 5-year-old. I will show this photo to my son on June 4th every year and remind him that "freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved".

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