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 historical past yet has no notion what existence 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 a number of the disparate parts 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 kingdom haunted through its earlier and surging towards the long run. via wry, journalistic observations, this shiny memoir deals an enlightening, hilarious, and occasionally frightening outsider’s tackle modern China and its swiftly changing culture.
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The average Western bum could not be squeezed into Chinese undies and the most popular variety of local bra was padded and barely useful. New arrivees quickly discovered that even singlets were a challenge, reduced to midriff tops by the time they’d stretched across bumps they had not been designed to tackle. After countless wrong turns that forced the taxi driver to stop and ask for directions, a gaggle of Western women spilled into a dark laneway. Local women sat on stools in their pyjamas outside crumbling grey homes and washed the evening dishes in tubs.
I didn’t understand what the problem was, and didn’t want to inadvertently drop someone in it. The answer was vague enough and she let the issue slide. ‘You should go to your apartment. You can wait there until other people arrive,’ Ting Ting instructed. She picked up my daypack and led the way down the corridor. I followed behind with the rest of my belongings. We caught the lift back to the ground floor and walked out through the car park and past printing presses to an apartment block at the other end of the walled compound.
Gilles said it was owned by one of the Chinese artists. ‘The ultimate counterculture fashion accessory,’ he said. ’ Urban Beijingers lovingly walked identical white, pocketsized yapping fluff balls in parks, but a big European dog, now that stood out in the crowd. Over a delicious lunch served outside on a wooden table and stools, Gilles said an artist’s life in China was good. He had recently sold one of his paintings to a collector in Shanghai, prompting inquiries from galleries about his exhibition plans.
A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China by Kirsty Needham