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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wenguang Huang  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1965 in Xian, China


Illinois Connection

Wenguang came to Illinois when he was 25 years old.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wenguang Huang, a Chicago-based journalist, writer and translator. He is the author of ''The Little Red Guard'', a memoir that chronicles his growing up in central China during the 1970s. He came to Springfield, Illinois in 1990 and became the first international student admitted into the Public Affairs Reporting Program, working in the state legislature's research division. Huang earned his master’s degree in 1991 from what was then Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois Springfield.Huang has served as a staff researcher for the New York Times Beijing bureau, division manager of media relations for Rotary International, assistant vice president of corporate affairs for HSBC-North America, and as a writer for AON Corporation. He has written for ''The Paris Review'', ''Harper's'', the ''Christian Science Monitor'', the ''Chicago Tribune'' and the ''Asia Literary Review'' and has been the English translator of several books including: ''The Corpse Walker'', ''God is Red'' and ''For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet's Journey through a Chinese Prison'' by Lian Yiwu, and ''Woman from Shanghai'' by Yang Xianhui.Today, Huang lives in Chicago and works as a news officer at the University of Chicago.

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-- '''''The Little Red Guard''''' *Best Pick, Washington Post, 2012 *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly