Field Notes From Sichuan: Learning to be a Foreigner

Field Notes From Sichuan: Learning to be a Foreigner

by Nancy E Dollahite


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A love story between a woman and a country, and a woman and a man, Field Notes from Sichuan: Learning to be a Foreigner is a novel based on the author’s experience living in China in the 1980s. Excited to finally be in a country just opening to the outside world, Suzanne Wright, fresh from the idealism of the civil rights movement in the US, soon finds there is more to living in another culture than intriguing trips to remote villages and intense conversations with new friends. A keen observer of both China’s move from rural to urban life and of her own encounters with culture shock, she struggles between feeling at home and being a perpetual outsider. As she is drawn ever deeper into the Chinese world, she confronts a choice between loyalty to friends and her own cherished desires.

Black and white photos of daily life in and around Chongqing enhance the text

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780963767264
Publisher: Nancy E Dollahite
Publication date: 03/13/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Nancy E Dollahite was among the first foreigners to teach at the Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing in southern China in the 1980s, where she encountered the challenges of living as a cultural outsider. While teaching ESL in Mexico, Brazil, Scotland and the US for over 30 years since, she has continued to explore how we can best communicate across cultures.

Her first book was Why Americans Act That Way, published by Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Publishing House, Beijing, in l987. She edited a news digest, the China Information Bulletin, for the Northwest China Council in Portland, OR from 1990 - 1999. She is also coauthor of the textbook, Sourcework: Academic Writing From Sources, Houghton Mifflin, 2006 and has published numerous articles on teaching and cross-cultural topics. She currently writes for The Immigrant Story, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon

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