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

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    Foreign Babes a BUST

    When I travel, I like to bring a book with me that would be considered "light reading." I picked up FOREIGN BABES IN BEIJING because it was described as a "Sex and the City" set in China on the dust jacket. The author moves to Beijing to work in PR and suddenly finds herself on a Chinese soap opera called "Foreign Babes in Beijing." Sounds fun, right?

    As I started to read it on the airplane, I was suddenly transported back to my freshman foreign governments class in college. I wasn't expecting a dull history lesson on Chinese government, culture, and word definitions. I'm sure the information presented is fantastic...if that's what you're looking for. I, on the other hand, was looking for humorous stories and adventures in China, a la Chelsea Handler. I felt quite misled by the book's title, summary, praises, and photo on the dust jacket.

    After 50 pages in, I realized that the memoir wasn't going to be full of lighthearted humor and debauchery as I was led to believe. I gave up and said zài jiàn (goodbye) to Foreign Babes.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

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    The story of this American girl learning to adjust and cope in the China when China is at a momentous crossroads in its history. The growing pains of both the writer and the country offer us a comedy of manners and cultural mores. The sense of China's explosive growth and change is palatable. The author really makes you feel like China is the place to be, right now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Hilarious book.

    Rachel is such a great writer. She takes the viewpoint of a western girl's chance opportunity to become famous in china-- on a soap opera. Her tales of love and relationships in china and how they differ from American culture are the true meaning of this book. This is about much more than the soap opera she was in. She learned a lot about herself and life in her China experience, and she portrays that beautifully to the reader. You really feel like you are right there with her through all the odd twists and turns that her life takes in the years she spent in Beijing. I really loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 5, 2011

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