Skya Abbate Writes--Beijing, the New Forbidden City--an Account of the Tiananmen Massacre

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Skya Abbate writes Beijing, the New Forbidden City, a personal account of the Tiananmen Massacre

Holy Fire Publishing ( ) releases Beijing, the New Forbidden City (Paperback, US$19.95, ISBN# 978-1-60383-152-9). Skya Abbate writes of her attempt to leave China with her students in the wake of the Tiananmen Massacre.

Beijing, the New Forbidden City is devoted to the climax of the Tiananmen Massacre and the author's attempt to leave China with her students in its wake. Skya Abbate's account is steeped in her love for China, her zest for life, and her realization of the importance of freedom for the flourishing and the unfolding of the human spirit. Abbate's personal odyssey simultaneously plunges readers in Chinese culture and into the depths of the human experience.

The tanks and bullets that paralyzed political and human growth along Changman Avenue--the Avenue of Eternal Peace--and at Tiananmen Square--the Square of Heavenly Peace--sent many to heaven that day. As I laid in the security of my dormitory room on the eve of the massacre, listening to the Chinese being slaughtered outside my bedroom window, I felt the meaning of my own life come into sharper focus. Never again would I selfishly take my homeland's liberties for granted just because their maintenance did not require daily struggle or sublimation. For us as Americans, the violence at Tiananmen Square freed our political consciousness from its own confines."--Beijing, the New Forbidden City

"'Many students have gone to heaven. The hearts of the Chinese people are filled with tears.'--So describes the head translator of the group of students that Skya Abbate lead to China in the summer of 1988, when she was a student in Beijing for thirteen days leading up to and following the Tiananmen massacre. Her story of the bloodbath that ensued centers on her personal experiences, the grief and horror she felt in the face of brutal death and the helplessness of a people imprisoned by a government purportedly devoted to them."--Skya Abbate

"An astute observer and a master of language delves into an event that will undoubtedly determine the future of China for years to come. China experts have poured forth books about Tiananmen…but none more capably than Skya Abbate."--New Mexican Pasatiempo                                        

"The writing is a blend of compassionate identification with the Chinese student demonstrators and record of the author's experiences with events and activities surrounding the demonstration and the Massacre and its aftermath."--Small Press Book Review

Skya Abbate holds BA and MA degrees in Sociology (Salve Regina College, University of Rhode Island) and diplomas from the Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Beijing, China). She is a medical sociologist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (NM), a professor with over 25 years of teaching and clinical experience, and Executive Director of Southwest Acupuncture College. Skya has published five medical textbooks, many journal articles, award-winning poetry and fiction, and her highly acclaimed Living Liturgy Series that formed the basis of this book. She is an active parishioner at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, serving as Coordinator, and member of the Sacred Heart League, the Liturgy Committee and the Pastoral Council. Abbate, 58, resides with her husband in New Mexico. Contact: Skya(at)

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