little_red_guard_book.jpgYou are cordially invited to join us for

A talk by Wenguang Huang,author of "The Little Red Guard"

On Sunday, July 22, 2012, 2 p.m.
At Pacific Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 91101.

Please call 626-449-2742 and mention Visual Artists Guild for free admission to the Museum
Or email to for reservation

Mr. Huang, a journalist,  was a graduate student of journalism in 1989 when he participated in the student protest in Shanghai.  He went to Beijing and returned to mobilize residents to support the movement when the crackdown took place.  He has since left China and has written extensively about human rights issues for the New York Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune.  He has translated many articles and books by Liu Xiaobo, Liao Yiwu and Wei Jingsheng.

In book reviews, Mr. Huang's book has been compared to William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" by the Chicago Tribune and as echoes of J.D. Salinger by the Wall Street Journal.

From Chicago Tribune:  "At the age of 10, I slept next to a coffin that Father had made for Grandma." So begins The Little Red Guard, a gripping, lyrical memoir by Wenguang Huang, a Chicago-based journalist and writer. As the keeper of his grandmother's shou mu, or longevity wood, a Chinese euphemism for coffin, Huang sees through his prepubescent eyes a family saga unfolding against the backdrop of the upheavals and undulations of 20th century China."

From Wall Street Journal: "If you are looking for a book that brings a corner of modern China alive—a book filled with humor, family squabbles and ordinary life in a large city in a one-party state—look no further than The Little Red Guard."