Dr. Robin T.W. Yuan began to take an interest in his family’s history during his college years.
“China was very much in people’s minds at the time, so I was thinking about my parents,” recalled Dr. Yuan. “I was aware that my mother’s father was a bishop and I wondered what it was like to live in a communist country, so different from America.”
Decades later, that initial thought has resulted in Red Bishop, a historical novel written by Dr. Yuan about his grandfather and namesake: Robin Chen, China’s last Anglican presiding bishop. Red Bishop chronicles Robin Chen’s early days as a student at a school run by Christian missionaries to his later life as one of China’s leading Christian figures and a true believer of the Communist Party.
The novel provides a light dramatization of the lives and struggles of his ancestors, with a particular focus on Robin’s career and spirituality and his family life with his wife, Constance, and his daughter, Grace. This novel provides readers with a detailed and engaging picture of the upheaval and struggle that China faced during the 20th century.