By Kirsty Needham
While journalist Kristy Needham heads to Beijing to paintings at a chinese language newspaper as a “foreign expert,” she has studied the language and the background yet has no concept what lifestyles in China will quite be like. As this compelling tale unearths, she quickly learns that Communist slogans, transvestite nightclubs, SARS scares, and militant groups of vacationer handlers are only many of the disparate components of lifestyle in China that she needs to navigate. From being regularly requested if she is a undercover agent to maintaining her integrity at a government-controlled paper, Needham is stuck in a country haunted through its prior and surging towards the longer term. via wry, journalistic observations, this brilliant memoir deals an enlightening, hilarious, and occasionally frightening outsider’s tackle modern China and its quickly changing culture.
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The Province of Taiwan did not have a president and parliament. These should instead be referred to always as ‘president’ and ‘parliament’, with compulsory inverted commas so as to ridicule legitimacy. According to the style guide, every reporter could use an additional two pen-names—as long as they weren’t English names—in addition to their ‘official name’. That was an awful lot of fakes, I thought. I had already noticed that the Business Weekly editorials were written under pseudonyms. An Ling offered to help me unlock the mysteries of the ancient computer system I would be working on.
That was an awful lot of fakes, I thought. I had already noticed that the Business Weekly editorials were written under pseudonyms. An Ling offered to help me unlock the mysteries of the ancient computer system I would be working on.
It was truly bringing art to the people. Tonight a group of professional expat women were hosting an event at 798 that had promised the elusive: big imported knickers. Marks & Spencer, Calvin Klein, Hickory . . the brand names rolled off the tongue of Allison’s Scottish boss Judy like long-lost friends. These were names that promised a girl with curves stuck in a land of hipless beauties that, perhaps, something might fit. The average Western bum could not be squeezed into Chinese undies and the most popular variety of local bra was padded and barely useful.
A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China by Kirsty Needham