In 1990, a young man traveled from China to Springfield to study journalism at Sangamon State University. On Saturday, he’ll deliver the commencement address at his alma mater, now known as the University of Illinois Springfield.
In the years since Wen Huang (pronounced “When Wahn”) earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting, he’s written for The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Paris Review. He’s just published “The Little Red Guard,” a memoir about his upbringing in Communist China.
Brian Mackey spoke with Huang about his revolutionary roots, his new book, and his first impressions of Springfield.
Photo of Wen Huang by C Tao Zhang.