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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 26, 2010 - Travel - 352 pages
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“For a real insider’s look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin.”—Sophie Beach, The Economist

Determined 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).
 

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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

Contents

Authors Note
9
ONE Drop Trou
17
TWO As You Wish
39
THREE Concubines
70
Anna
102
FOUR Passion
122
Kate
156
FIVE Love Business
169
SIX Embracing Foreign Babes
205
SEVEN Model Workers
251
EIGHT Two Balls
277
NINE Power of the Powerless
306
Notes
327
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Rachel DeWoskin was a soap-opera star and a consultant in Beijing for five years. She now divides her time between New York City and Beijing, teaches poetry, and writes Chinese rap.

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