Apologies to My Censor by Mitch Moxley
The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China

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Apologies to My Censor is something of a coming of age story, and the naiveté is surely part of the point. But the book never builds to a satisfying set of conclusions, delivers enough of an arc or offers the insight to justify all the guileless muddling.
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The story of a young man's outrageous adventures in China and his search for identity in the most unexpected of places.

Mitch Moxley came to Beijing in the spring of 2007 to take a job as a writer and editor for China Daily, the country's only English-language national newspaper. The Chinese economy was booming, the Olympics were on the horizon, and Beijing was being transformed into a world-class city overnight. Moxley planned to stay only through the Olympics and then head back to Canada.

But that was six years ago. In that time, Moxley fed a goat to a lion, watched a lingerie-wearing bear ride a bicycle, and crisscrossed the country writing stories. He also appeared as one of Cosmopolitan's one hundred most eligible bachelors in China, acted in a state-funded Chinese movie, and was paid to pose as a fake businessman.

During Moxley's journey of self-exploration, his comic adventures and misadventures in China gave way to the creation of his alter ego—Mi Gao, or Tall Rice. A funny and honest look at expat life, Apologies to My Censor also depicts the ways a country can touch and inspire you.

 

About Mitch Moxley

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Mitch Moxley works as a freelance writer in Beijing, where he has lived for six years. He writes about culture, travel, current affairs, and business for magazines, newspapers, and the Web in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. His stories have appeared in the U.S. in publications including the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, Foreign Policy (online); in Canada in the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, the National Post, Toronto Star, The Walrus, Report on Business, and others; and internationally in the Guardian, CNNGo, South China Morning Post, and Inter-Press Service, a non-profit newswire that covers the developing world. Mitch holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and was a business reporter for the National Post in Toronto. Mitch came to China in 2007 to work at the state-owned China Daily.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 307 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Jul 26 2013

There’s a book lurking somewhere within the reconstituted notes that serve as journalist Mitch Moxley’s debut, Apologies to My Censor.

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Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Jul 26 2013

Apologies to My Censor is something of a coming of age story, and the naiveté is surely part of the point. But the book never builds to a satisfying set of conclusions, delivers enough of an arc or offers the insight to justify all the guileless muddling.

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