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

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Granta Books, 2007 - Americans - 336 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 and aggressive, fearless Jiexi, star of a wildly successful soap opera. A Chinese counterpart to 'Sex and 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. 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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Having lived briefly in China while growing up, first-time author DeWoskin returns as an adult to work in a PR firm and finds herself cast in a successful soap opera, Foreign Babes in Beijing . In her ... Read full review

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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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