Why a former Red Guard now saves Chinese antiques and uses his collection to educate young people.

By Mark Andrews

South China Morning Post. 12/04/2018

Wu Jianguo hopes his collection of some 15,000 antiques, housed in a private museum in his rural hometown, will help his countrymen deal with their confusion over China’s past

When Chairman Mao’s Red Guards embarked on their mission to eradicate any sign of China’s feudal past, an untold number of ancient texts, relics, religious sites and citizens’ private belongings were targeted for destruction.

For Wu Jianguo, a former Red Guard from the poor farming village of Lijia Shizi, 90 kilometres from downtown Xian, in northwest China, there was nothing to destroy.

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