Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Social Science - 332 pages
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Hoping To Improve Her Chinese and broaden her cultural horizons, Rachel DeWoskin went to work for an American PR firm in China. Before she knew it, she was not just exploring but making Chinese culture--as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jexi, star of a wildly successful soap opera. A sort of Chinese counterpart to "Sex in the City" revolving around Chinese-Western culture clashes, the show was called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Living the clashes in real life while playing out a parallel version onscreen, Rachel forms a group of friends with whom she witnesses the vast changes sweeping through China as the country pursues the new maxim that "to get rich is glorious." In only a few years, billboards, stylish bars and discos, international restaurants, fashion shows, divorce, foreign visitors, and cross-cultural love affairs transform the face of China's capital. Foreign Babes in Beijing is as astute and informative as it is witty, moving, and entertaining.

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

After our trip to China, I love all things Chinese. I love the way this writer throws in little bits of Mandarin with explanations...which become especially funny when she tells you how she got it wrong. Read full review

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User Review  - Sigrid-marianella - Goodreads

It looks like chick-lit but don't judge a book by it's cover. I'm absolutely loving this book, but I suspect it might be because I myself lived in Beijing for some years and can relate to a lot of ... Read full review


Authors Note
ONE Drop Trou
SEVEN Model Workers 251
TWO As You Wish
THREE Concubines
FOUR Passion
Kate 156
EIGHT Two Balls
NINE Power of the Powerless
Notes 327

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RACHEL DeWOSKIN is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as a star of a Chinese soap opera; and a novel, Repeat After Me, /em>. She lives in New York City and Chicago and is at work on a third novel. For more information about her, visit

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