Home Is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China [NOOK Book]

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When all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn't go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too. Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy, and complex language. She is also determined that her daughter Grace, born in China, regain some of the culture she lost when the Arringtons ...
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Home Is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China

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When all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn't go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too. Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy, and complex language. She is also determined that her daughter Grace, born in China, regain some of the culture she lost when the Arringtons brought her to America as a baby.

In the university town of Tai'an, a small city where pigs' hooves are available at the local supermarket, donkeys share the road with cars, and the warm-hearted locals welcome this strange looking foreign family, the Arringtons settle in . . . but not at first. Aminta teaches at the university, not realizing she is countering the propaganda the students had memorized for years. Her creative, independent (and loud) American children chafe in their classrooms, the first rung in society's effort to ensure conformity. The family is bewildered by the seemingly endless cultural differences they face, but they find their way. With humor and unexpectedly moving moments, Aminta's story is appealingly reminiscent of Reading Lolita in Tehran. It will rivet anyone who is thinking of adopting a child, or anyone who is already familiar with the experience. An everywoman with courage and acute cultural perspective, Aminta recounts this transformative quest with a freshness that will delight anyone looking for an original, accessible point of view on the new China.
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When her husband retired from the U.S. military, Arrington (editor, Saving Grandmother's Face: And Other Tales from Christian Teachers in China) followed her dream of moving to China with her family. Her memoir includes the typical scenes of Americans trying to learn a new language and adapt to the customs of an unfamiliar land, but it is unique in other ways—for example, in Arrington and her husband's adoption of a Chinese daughter before their move. The book covers the family's first two years in China, with their three young children in elementary school and Arrington and her husband teaching at a Chinese college. Each chapter is arranged around a specific Chinese word that articulates the theme of that chapter, as the family experiences culture shock, settles in, and comes to love their new home with its rich history and difficult language, and as Arrington comes to appreciate the sense of freedom living in China has given her. VERDICT A delightful tale of an American family trying to find the real China. Readers of travel literature and those interested in Chinese culture and history will find this an entertaining read.—Melissa Aho, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468304190
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 7/5/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 672,633
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Aminta Arrington has an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of advanced International Studies and studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. She has written about China for The Seattle Times, and she edited the anthology Saving Grandmother's Face: and Other Tales from Christian Teachers in China. Arrington continues to live and work in China with her family.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 &Chinese Character; Gate 11

Chapter 2 &Chinese Character; Home 21

Chapter 3 &Chinese Character; Teach 32

Chapter 4 &Chinese Character; Population 41

Chapter 5 &Chinese Character; Learn 53

Chapter 6 &Chinese Character; The Exam 65

Chapter 7 &Chinese Character; Winter 75

Chapter 8 &Chinese Character; Mountains, Water 86

Chapter 9 &Chinese Character; Foreign 94

Chapter 10 &Chinese Character; Independence 104

Chapter 11 &Chinese Character; Mount Tai 110

Chapter 12 &Chinese Character; Words 116

Chapter 13 &Chinese Character; God 123

Chapter 14 &Chinese Character; Countryside 131

Chapter 15 &Chinese Character; Return 141

Chapter 16 &Chinese Character; Familiar 147

Chapter 17 &Chinese Character; Same 153

Chapter 18 &Chinese Character; Tired 160

Chapter 19 &Chinese Character; Contradiction 168

Chapter 20 &Chinese Character; Identity 181

Chapter 21 &Chinese Character; Cold 190

Chapter 22 &Chinese Character; Christmas 199

Chapter 23 &Chinese Character; Unique 205

Chapter 24 &Chinese Character; The Kitchen God 211

Chapter 25 &Chinese Character; Silk 221

Chapter 26 &Chinese Character; Hong Kong 232

Chapter 27 &Chinese Character; Egg 241

Chapter 28 &Chinese Character; Language 250

Chapter 29 &Chinese Character; The West 259

Chapter 30 &Chinese Character; Woman 270

Chapter 31 &Chinese Character; Sports 278

Chapter 32 &Chinese Character; Freedom 288

Chapter 33 &Chinese Character; Relationships 302

Epilogue 311

A Note on Sources 315

Acknowledgments 317

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