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How do our family stories make us who we are? Join us in conversation with Chinese-American author and translator Wenguang Huang, whose memoir "The Little Red Guard" takes readers along on his journey from China to Chicago, from Communist orthodoxy to pro-democracy protest, and from a childhood in the company of a stubbornly traditional grandmother to the adult realization that "the dead never abandon the living."

A Best Book of the Year pick by the Washington Post, the memoir was described as "delightful" by the Wall Street Journal and "effortlessly elegant" by the Chicago Tribune.

Please register for this free Zoom event. Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link at 10am the day of the program.

This session is bilingual, in English and Chinese 中文. For language assistance in Mandarin, please open the Zoom chat box. Live captioning in English will also be provided.  Contact: [email protected] for details on the bilingual services.

(For more information about our partner with this event, Words Without Borders, visit )

For some sneak preview videos of Wen talking about "The Little Red Guard, visit here and here 

我们的家庭故事如何成就今天的自己?加入我们,与美籍华人作家及翻译家黄闻文光先生对话,跟随黄闻光先生的回忆录《小红卫兵》,将读者带入他的人生旅途。他从中国到芝加哥,从崇尚正统派共产主义到民主抗议以及从一位由传统而保守的祖母培养的小童,到了一个意识到“死者永远不会放弃活人” 的成年人。


这本回忆录被《华盛顿邮报》(Washington Post)选为“年度最佳书籍”,被《华尔街日报》(Wall Street Journal)评述为“令人愉悦”,而被《芝加哥论坛报》(Chicago Tribune )描述为“毫不费力的优雅作品”。





This program is organized by Words Without Borders in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services.  This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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