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 heritage 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 some of the disparate parts of way of life in China that she needs to navigate. From being always requested if she is a undercover agent to maintaining her integrity at a government-controlled paper, Needham is stuck in a country haunted by means of its previous and surging towards the longer term. via wry, journalistic observations, this vibrant memoir bargains an enlightening, hilarious, and occasionally frightening outsider’s tackle modern China and its speedily changing culture.
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Extra info for A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China
A round cushion with an embroidered pink cover and strong perfumed scent sat on my bed. It was filled with sand. A solidly built woman with a bob haircut, Zhou Mi wore the dark slacks and silk shirt that befitted a middleaged lady of responsible position. She pottered around emptying desk drawers and clearing the fridge of its bags and bags of rubbish while I tackled the bedroom. As I was making the bed, Zhou Mi wandered in to check on my progress. She quickly let me know that I had stuffed it up.
In the lift, a middle-aged woman in a blue uniform looked me over curiously before pressing the button. She sat on a rickety wooden chair and spent her days riding up and down in the claustrophobic box. Ting Ting showed me to my door. It was in the stairwell on the thirteenth floor behind two abandoned wardrobes. She opened it and we squeezed into an unlit, cramped space with a storage cupboard off to the side, and another door dead ahead. After struggling with the keys in the dark, this second door opened into my apartment.
As we got nearer I could hear laughter and music. We entered through the back of the factory, and headed down an industrial corridor. To the left was a moody little Mediterranean bar rapidly filling with foreign girls. More intriguing was the red carpet that swept its way under a huge spotlight to a door on the right. Chinese fashionistas wafting up the carpet on stiletto heels with men in black were followed by the flash of photographers. Pop music blared from the open door, and through the mist of dry ice I spied tables of champagne.
A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China by Kirsty Needham