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Talking about China [Bilingual:…

Talking about China [Bilingual: 一个西方人眼中的中国]

by Lisa Carducci

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When Lisa Carducci came to China she was already in her late forties, and like many foreigners started by teaching at a Chinese university. Before that, she had already published various collections of poetry in French and Italian, which were awarded prices in both Canada and Italy. In China, she found time to write more, and besides poetry, she started writing essays about China, and about the life of foreigners in China.

A selection of such essays and columns, published in the English-language newspaper China Daily between 1993 and 2000, appeared in book form, bi-lingually in English and Chinese, in 2001, under the title Talking about China.

Talking about China contains 29 columns about specific aspects of Chinese culture and customs which may surprise foreign visitors or expats. Carducci's essays show that China has changed considerably over the past two decades, although most of her observations are still valid. Upon the book publication, Chinese translations of all essays were added, to interest Chinese readers in the experiences of foreigners in China.

The tone of the essays is slightly pedantic, as if the author reads both foreigners and Chinese a lesson. Typical of almost all publications in China the essays high-light the positive side of China, and offer no criticism. However, for readers intending to get a snap shot introduction to everyday life in Beijing, this small book (230 pages bilingually) would do a very good job. ( )
  edwinbcn | Jul 29, 2012 |
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