Cary Huang
Cary Huang

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

From Mao to Tiananmen, Hu Yaobang is an icon of China’s reform – and a reminder of how little has changed

  • A passionate liberaliser in the 1980s, Hu relentlessly sought to overturn the remnants of the Maoist era.
  • His death in 1989 triggered widespread public mourning, which snowballed into weeks of student-led pro-democracy protests