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 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 parts of daily life 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 by way of its previous and surging towards the longer term. via wry, journalistic observations, this bright memoir bargains an enlightening, hilarious, and occasionally frightening outsider’s tackle modern China and its quickly changing culture.
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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. It was still only metres from the office. Construction rubble was piled in a heap in front of the concrete stairs that led up to the apartment block’s entry vestibule.
She scolded. I picked the doonas up from the floor and put them back on the bed. Zhou Mi whipped them off again. I searched for my dictionary and the words to explain that there was no way I would be able to sleep on such a hard surface. QX5 26/6/06 12:23 PM Page 47 China Daily 47 On hearing this, Zhou Mi looked at me with some degree of pity and relented. The doona futon could stay. She took the book from me and after flicking through pointed out the characters to explain she would instruct me in the correct method for making a Chinese bed.
I opened a desk drawer and saw more plastic bags. The largest desk had a glass top with postcards and photographs stuck underneath. A Chinese woman with rosy cheeks posing next to a river somewhere beamed up from one of the happy snaps. It looked like someone’s lost office. I opened one of the plastic bags. QX5 40 26/6/06 12:23 PM Page 40 A SEASON IN RED drinking cup with company logo, an out-of-date desk calendar, assorted business cards and an unopened packet of sanitary pads. I looked around for something more useful for apartment living, something other than desks.
A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China by Kirsty Needham