The 1989 Student Protest in Beijing

November 1994 (VOL. 12, NO. 3)

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An eyewitness account of events leading up to the massacre in Tienanmen Square will be described, in which the place of observational methods for gathering data, the difficulty in retaining emotional objectivity, and the role of the University vis a vis the state will be raised. The suggestion is made that such brief, dramatic and intensive experiences could be construed as disasters and brought within the framework of applied behavioral science.