The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list



spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.13
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Travel Writing- Asia

This title in other editions

Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China

by

Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Determined to broaden her cultural horizons and live a "fiery" life, twenty-one-year-old Rachel DeWoskin hops on a plane to Beijing to work for an American PR firm based in the busy capital. Before she knows it, she is not just exploring Chinese culture but also creating it as the sexy, aggressive, fearless Jiexi, the starring femme fatale in a wildly successful Chinese soap opera.

Experiencing the cultural clashes in real life while performing a fictional version onscreen, DeWoskin forms a group of friends with whom she witnesses the vast changes sweeping through China as the country pursues the new maxim, "to get rich is glorious." In only a few years, China's capital is transformed. With "considerable cultural and linguistic resources" (New Yorker), DeWoskin captures Beijing at this pivotal juncture in her "intelligent, funny memoir" (People), and "readers will feel lucky to have sharp-eyed, yet sisterly, DeWoskin sitting in the driver's seat"(Elle).

Review:

"DeWoskin moved to Beijing in 1989, shortly after the military squashed the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, but just as China's younger population began embracing Western ideologies and commodities. This entertaining romp through her five-plus years in Beijing details her life as a PR consultant — and as the star of the wildly popular Chinese nighttime television drama Foreign Babes in Beijing. After getting the gig on a lark, DeWoskin became known, sometimes even in her real life, as the character Jiexi, an American who falls in love with a married Chinese man, in the 20-episode drama, which aired to an estimated 600 million viewers. Her memoir weaves humorous tales of Sino-U.S. culture clashes both on and off the set with astute observations of the two cultures, as well as a significant amount of Chinese history. Though she admits frequently to being homesick for New York, DeWoskin feels for the loss of more traditional Chinese culture: 'Consumerism became a religion; companies arrived like missionaries... seducing the average Zhou Schmoe with products he had never known he needed.' The book offers a generous helping of Chinese words (along with their English translations and insights into the young people's 'Chinglish'), as well as Lost in Translation — esque glimmers of the differences between the Chinese and American acting worlds. Agent, Jill Grinberg. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"For a real insider's look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin." The Economist

Review:

"[A] deft, daffy comedy of errors...[Ms. DeWoskin's] improbable adventures as a soap opera queen and her fumbling journey through the new entrepreneurial China." New York Times

Review:

"The ultimate insider's view, living witness to the philosophical and practical aspects of a traditional and repressed society's tumultuous confrontation with liberated, energetic, and economically dynamic Western influences.... A candid and valuable portrait of a China few Westerners get to see." Carol Haggas, Booklist

Review:

"A babe's-eye view turns out to be surprisingly substantive." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Rachel DeWoskin was a soap-opera star and a consultant in Beijing for five years. She now divides her time between New York City and Beijing, teaches poetry, and writes Chinese rap.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393328592
Author:
Dewoskin, Rachel
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Credits:
Various Artists-Caribbean
Author:
DeWoskin, Rachel
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.18x5.56x.87 in. .67 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Son of the Revolution Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. Will the Boat Sink the Water?: The... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Finding Iris Chang: Friendship,... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  4. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95
  5. What's the Matter with Kansas?: How... Used Hardcover $4.50
  6. To Change China: Western Advisers in... Used Trade Paper $5.50

Related Subjects

Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Asia » China » Peoples Republic 1949 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » China
Travel » Travel Writing » Asia
Travel » Travel Writing » General
Young Adult » General

Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.13 In Stock
Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393328592 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "DeWoskin moved to Beijing in 1989, shortly after the military squashed the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, but just as China's younger population began embracing Western ideologies and commodities. This entertaining romp through her five-plus years in Beijing details her life as a PR consultant — and as the star of the wildly popular Chinese nighttime television drama Foreign Babes in Beijing. After getting the gig on a lark, DeWoskin became known, sometimes even in her real life, as the character Jiexi, an American who falls in love with a married Chinese man, in the 20-episode drama, which aired to an estimated 600 million viewers. Her memoir weaves humorous tales of Sino-U.S. culture clashes both on and off the set with astute observations of the two cultures, as well as a significant amount of Chinese history. Though she admits frequently to being homesick for New York, DeWoskin feels for the loss of more traditional Chinese culture: 'Consumerism became a religion; companies arrived like missionaries... seducing the average Zhou Schmoe with products he had never known he needed.' The book offers a generous helping of Chinese words (along with their English translations and insights into the young people's 'Chinglish'), as well as Lost in Translation — esque glimmers of the differences between the Chinese and American acting worlds. Agent, Jill Grinberg. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "For a real insider's look at life in modern China, readers should turn to Rachel DeWoskin."
"Review" by , "[A] deft, daffy comedy of errors...[Ms. DeWoskin's] improbable adventures as a soap opera queen and her fumbling journey through the new entrepreneurial China."
"Review" by , "The ultimate insider's view, living witness to the philosophical and practical aspects of a traditional and repressed society's tumultuous confrontation with liberated, energetic, and economically dynamic Western influences.... A candid and valuable portrait of a China few Westerners get to see."
"Review" by , "A babe's-eye view turns out to be surprisingly substantive."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.