Foreign Babes in Beijing by Rachel DeWoskin
Behind the Scenes of a New China

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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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Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and Repeat After Me.
Published July 22, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Describing her attempt to understand rapid Chinese speech, she writes, “listening to people speak was like standing on my tiptoes and trying to catch their gists with a butterfly net.” Neither straight reportage nor navel-gazing memoir, her account slips in history here and there, as well as an a...

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