Before American Alex Barteau goes to teach English in China, he discovers many forbidden voices in his experiences as a newspaper salesman and later as a part-time teacher at a community college where he is taken to jail along with other protesting teachers. Years after earning his PhD and after teaching at a private college in Atlanta, he is hired to teach at a university in northeast China. Here, ironically, is where his real education begins.
Alex discovers many ex-patriots teaching at the university, but he is the only American. His colleagues are from the UK, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and Japan; each of them, he quickly discovers, has his/her own agenda, particularly when it comes to adapting to the teaching methods and expectations of the Chinese administrators. Although Alex's standards are high, his experiences at below-average colleges in the US color his expectations of the students. However, he is not willing to condone the amount of grade changing that he encounters or the negative attitude of many Chinese instructors who resent him and other foreigners taking their jobs. His British colleague, on the other hand, has a different attitude: "I for one was just as bad as immigrants in our two countries. I totally thought that they should convert to my way of thinking about cheating, plagiarizing, bribery, sleeping in class, not having to take part in sports day parades, etcetera. I expected someone to say: 'You chose to be here.'"
Alex's experiences, as it turns out, also include his becoming involved in an intense relationship with an elegant but shallow Chinese teacher. Her beauty but self-centered manner both add to and offer relief from his professional life.
|Publisher:||Charles Justus Garard|
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About the Author
I am a retired PhD in literature and writing who taught for sixteen years at a private college in Atlanta, at a university and community college back in my home state of Illinois, and for seven years in the People's Republic of China. Before finishing my degrees and becoming a professor, I worked in film advertising for two theatre companies in Illinois and sold advertising for a community newspaper in Missouri. Since returning to the USA in 2012, I have been devoting my time to writing. I do have one print book published as a scholarly evaluation of books made into films, focusing on British author John Fowles. My hope now is to continue my struggles to publish fiction novels that I have been working on for years, including my years in China. I probably will eventually complete my novel (or novels) about my teaching experiences in China. I finished a time-travel mystery called OF TIME AND THE DREAMER, a time-travel adventure titled FROM HERE TO ATLANTIS. Also I completed a trilogy of paranormal (horror) novels called the DARK JOURNEYS TRILOGY. In 2016, I finally finished a novel about an extraterrestrial occupation called CIRCLES AND REALMS. Maybe now I will go back and finish my novel about China called FORBIDDEN VOICES, that is if I am not occupied with a sequel to CIRCLES AND REALMS called SHADOWS AND REALMS. I really appreciate the sweat and mental trials that authors must go through, and I hope to continue my support for my colleagues through group sites through Facebook. Thank you all for support by continuing to read literature -- in whatever format. Right now, the USA is in fifth place among the countries in the world with the most educated people. I hope we can change that by showing that we are not only good at playing computer games. Connect with Charles Justus Garard: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charles.g.phd Twitter: https://twitter.com/chukk0913 Blog: http://www.virgostone.wordpress.com Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/chukkgarard Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chukkgarard Web site: https://www.the-alternate-world-of-cjg.com