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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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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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

Dewoskin was just out of college in the early nineties and determined to have an interesting life. Since her Michigan family had spent a lot of time traveling in China when she was a child, she ... Read full review

FOREIGN BABES IN BEIJING: Behind the Scenes of a New China

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Expat TV star takes readers on a tour through a China in transition. When dyed-in-the wool Sinophile DeWoskin graduated from Columbia University, she headed to China and took a job in public relations ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
9
ONE Drop Trou
17
SEVEN Model Workers 251
29
TWO As You Wish
39
THREE Concubines
70
Anna
102
FOUR Passion
122
Kate 156
169
EIGHT Two Balls
277
NINE Power of the Powerless
306
Notes 327
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About the author (2005)

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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