Author Robin Yuan

Red Bishop

Wednesday, May 11

7 pm

via Zoom

Please register here. 

Join Belmont Public Library, Maynard Public Library, Wayland Free Public Library and Winchester Public Library in welcoming Robin Yuan, author of Red Bishop, to this collaborative virtual author event.

 

In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Yuan will speak on his book Red Bishop, the story of his grandfather Robin Chen, the last presiding bishop of the Anglican Church in China. Yuan charts Chen's intricate journey, ranging from his early childhood years and his conversion to Christianity as a schoolboy at an Anglican missionary school to his death under house arrest decades later, showing a more nuanced picture of the Cultural Revolution than the version found in propaganda periodicals of the time disseminating "idyllic pictures of a communal utopia with caring barefoot doctors, smiling farmers, and singing factory workers."

 

Kirkus Reviews stated of Yuan's work that,  "although Yuan reminds his readers in a postscript that he's writing fiction, the book gives the strong impression of being the best biography Chen will ever get. The novel's blending of personalities and the seething politics of 20th-century China is seamlessly done, and its heroic portrait of its central character is always admiring but never saccharine. A detailed and moving tale about a heroic bishop in atheist China."

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