Twice Greg Rhodes and his wife, Heidi, have lived as expats in China, once many years ago (1988-1989) and again more recently, in 2005-2006. The first trip was a post-college, pre-career exploit in the still-emerging country, and the second was a family adventure with their two children in the rapidly-modernizing nation. Between trips Greg has worked for others and worked for himself while always wondering where those planes taking off at the airport are going. Greg has a passion for photography and local people when he travels, and his list of places to visit just keeps getting longer.
Expat in China: A Family Adventureby Greg Rhodes
At age 40, Greg and Heidi Rhodes kept a rash promise to each other made 17 years earlier, when the naive, mortgage-free expats swore to return to China with their own children. Arriving back in the Middle Kingdom in 2005, they were surprised to find their former home city, Chengdu, unrecognizable. Familiar landmarks and expectations had been swept away by China's rushing tide of progress, replaced by glass skyscrapers, McDonald's restaurants, and a frenetic scramble to get ahead.
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I loved reading this book. I laughed, I cried and I didn't want it to end.
This is a delightful and interesting book to read. Besides being a thoughtful and humorous description of one family's adventures during a year in China, it gives a peek into the huge advances China has made in the last 20 years or so by comparing the family's fairly recent stay with that of one made by the same couple (before kids) 17 years earlier? It gives a unique view of life in a non-port-city China from which we can all learn.