Foreign Babes in Beijing, by Rachel DeWoskin

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I’ve got a bunch of reviews backed up, so am going to do a few brief ones before writing about a couple of fantastically amazing books I ended 2007 with. I got this memoir from Gen after our first trip to China last year — it’s an accounting of DeWoskin’s time in Beijing several years back — maybe 1999 or so — when she became a little famous in a Chinese soap opera about foreign attitudes called “Foreign Babes in Beijing.” Very readable account, but probably mostly/only because I spent a bit of time in China this year and am still in the phase of initial reactions — and I’ve heard so much about how Beijing is completely transforming itself every day that it’s neat to read an eyewitness account of a few years before I got to be there. Worth reading if you’re interested in Chinese contemporary culture.

4 Replies to “Foreign Babes in Beijing, by Rachel DeWoskin”

  1. i love this book. i seriously laughed my ass off when i read it. i’ll admit it was a little personally resonant because of the time i’ve spent in china, but i think that everybody would enjoy it on some level.

  2. i love this book. i seriously laughed my ass off when i read it. i’ll admit it was a little personally resonant because of the time i’ve spent in china, but i think that everybody would enjoy it on some level.

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