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The Little Red Guard - A Family Memoir-logo

The Little Red Guard - A Family Memoir

Wenguang Huang

In 1973, when Wenguang Huang was eight, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she appealed to her family to promise to bury her after she'd died. This was in Xi'an, a city in central China, at a time when a national ban on all traditional Chinese practices, including burials, was strictly enforced. But his grandmother was persistent, and two years later, Huang's father built her a coffin. Over the next fifteen years, the whole family was consumed with planning Grandma's burial, a regular source of friction and contention, with the constant risk of being caught by the authorities. Years later, Huang came to understand how much the coffin had influenced his upbringing and shaped the lives of everyone in the family.

In 1973, when Wenguang Huang was eight, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she appealed to her family to promise to bury her after she'd died. This was in Xi'an, a city in central China, at a time when a national ban on all traditional Chinese practices, including burials, was strictly enforced. But his grandmother was persistent, and two years later, Huang's father built her a coffin. Over the next fifteen years, the whole family was consumed with planning Grandma's burial, a regular source of friction and contention, with the constant risk of being caught by the authorities. Years later, Huang came to understand how much the coffin had influenced his upbringing and shaped the lives of everyone in the family.
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In 1973, when Wenguang Huang was eight, his grandmother became obsessed with her own death. Fearing cremation, she appealed to her family to promise to bury her after she'd died. This was in Xi'an, a city in central China, at a time when a national ban on all traditional Chinese practices, including burials, was strictly enforced. But his grandmother was persistent, and two years later, Huang's father built her a coffin. Over the next fifteen years, the whole family was consumed with planning Grandma's burial, a regular source of friction and contention, with the constant risk of being caught by the authorities. Years later, Huang came to understand how much the coffin had influenced his upbringing and shaped the lives of everyone in the family.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Verner

Length:

7h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

15:16


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:01


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

23:44


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

27:06


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

14:04


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

24:36


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

14:25


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

20:48


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

11:02


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

11:44


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

16:28


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

27:16


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

19:57


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

26:45


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

35:46


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

26:47


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

22:18


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

25:21


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

23:59


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

14:52


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

00:32