Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China
“For a real insider’s look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin.”—Sophie Beach, The EconomistDetermined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a “fiery” life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing to work for an American PR firm based in the... show more
“For a real insider’s look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin.”—Sophie Beach, The EconomistDetermined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a “fiery” life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing to work for an American PR firm based in the busy capital. Before she knows it, she is not just exploring Chinese culture but also creating it as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jiexi, the starring femme fatale in a wildly successful Chinese soap opera. Experiencing the cultural clashes in real life while performing a fictional version onscreen, DeWoskin forms a group of friends with whom she witnesses the vast changes sweeping through China as the country pursues the new maxim, “to get rich is glorious.” In only a few years, China’s capital is transformed. With “considerable cultural and linguistic resources” (The New Yorker), DeWoskin captures Beijing at this pivotal juncture in her “intelligent, funny memoir” (People), and “readers will feel lucky to have sharp-eyed, yet sisterly, DeWoskin sitting in the driver’s seat”(Elle).
Publish date: April 17th 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
I loved this book. It was the perfect cure for the book hangover I had when I begged a group of friends for recommendations. Even though the author's experience takes place about 20 years prior to my own, her descriptions are SO relatable - even though she was in China and I'm in South Korea. Of cou...
A fascinating memoir of life in Beijing during the last half of the 1990’s. Rachel DoWoskin had just graduated from college with a degree in English and a love of poetry when she moved to Beijing to take a job that didn’t completely suit her, working for a PR firm trying to persuade the Chinese to t...
This book was really funny and a very interesting read. I think I waited too long to review it because now I'm forgetting details, but it was a very enjoyable read!