Besides the US, perhaps no country is more important to the world’s economy and geopolitics than China. Crucial to understanding and interacting with China is a familiarity with its complex and dense history. Red Bishop is Dr. Robin T.W. Yuan’s epic historical fiction based on the extraordinary life of his maternal grandfather, Rt. Rev. Robin Chen, China’s last presiding bishop of the Anglican Church. Written with “novelistic detail and cinematic scope,” Dr. Yuan weaves the bishop’s and his family’s story with that of the Christianity experiment and the rich, and often tragic, events of 20th century China. From an exploitative commercial environment instigating two Opium Wars and multiple Unequal Treaties, through the demise of dynastic imperial rule and subsequent half century of conflict, Christianity and its organized church and leaders have been an influential element of Chinese society unveiling the nature and character of the communist party-dominated country. The complicated and emotional relationships between the members of the bishop’s family, particularly the eldest daughter, the author’s mother, underscores the evolution of China’s current relationships with the West.
This talk will explain the genesis of Red Bishop, the back story to this epic historical fiction, the main elements, characters, and events interwoven in this multi-dimensional narrative of Bishop Robin Chen and his family, 20th century China, and the Christian experiment. It is hoped that it will educate the audience with a uniquely Chinese perspective and illuminate some of the similarities between post-imperialist China and present-day United States.
To learn more about the book and the author, please visit: https://www.robinyuanauthor.com/
Lecture will be in English.
Robin T.W. Yuan, M.D. is a Harvard College and Medical School graduate and a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. The quest to understand his grandfather’s Christian legacy within the context of China’s evolution from Western dominance to post-communism led him on a revealing journey culminating in Red Bishop and its detailed, personal, and uniquely Chinese perspective.