Hi. I’m a taiwanese american here in the american burbs and found this book at the local library, which I just devoured straight through -
Foreign Babes in Beijing ( Rachel Dewoskin ) , published '05
It strikes me at first blush as the best ‘waiguoren in the far east’ memoir I’ve read, in terms of dealing with the psychological layers of living as a waiguoren out East, coupled with the added layer of this gal having become a minor celebrity in mid-90’s China, due to her having acted in a popular, cheesy Beijing soap-opera of the same title as her memoir ( Yang Niu Zai Beijing ) … playing an aggressive sex-driven white gal, the part serving as stereotypical grist pandering to lowest common denominator Zhongguo tastes and tropes.
Has anyone heard of or read this recent memoir ? or caught any of the original 90’s soap-opera ?
I recommend the memoir for thought-provoking stabs at the whole East-West question.
Mark in Texas