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

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

by Rachel DeWoskin
     
 

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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

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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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When Rachel DeWoskin moved to China in 1989, little did she know she would become the American star of Beijing's hottest nighttime soap opera. In one of the most original books we've come across -- a deft mix of social history and coming-of-age memoir -- DeWoskin describes her "fish out of water" life as an unlikely media sensation, while providing an insightful outsider's look at the changing, increasingly Westernized face of Chinese culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393340075
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
852,790
File size:
448 KB

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 1, 1972
Place of Birth:
Kyoto, Japan
Education:
A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University, 1994; M.A., Boston University, 2000

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