Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New Chinaby Rachel DeWoskin
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 on-screen, 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 the sharp-eyed, yet sisterly, DeWoskin sitting in the driver's seat" (Elle).
These and other imponderables perplex Ms. DeWoskin as she recounts, in this deft, daffy comedy of errors, her improbable adventures as a soap opera queen and her fumbling journey through the new entrepreneurial China.
The New York Times
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- 5.88(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.13(d)
Meet the Author
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.
- New York, New York
- Date of Birth:
- December 1, 1972
- Place of Birth:
- Kyoto, Japan
- A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University, 1994; M.A., Boston University, 2000
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