It’s Booklust Wanderlust bookreview time again! This month over at The Displaced Nation, I reviewed Huan Hsu’s memoir THE PORCELAIN THIEF about searching for his family’s buried treasure in China. Hsu, the American-born child of Chinese immigrants, deals with culture shock, learns about the history of the porcelain industry and uncovers the details of a family legend.
Read more at the link: http://thedisplacednation.com/2015/10/24/booklust-wanderlust-in-the-porcelain-thief-atck-and-expat-writer-huan-hsu-assembles-shards-of-his-chinese-heritage/
This week in my Booklust, Wanderlust column on The Displaced Nation, I review Peter Hessler's "Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip."
I loved old China hand Peter Hessler's books on his early years studying and working in the Middle Kingdom. "River Town" and "Oracle Bones" are detailed memoirs that were both good reads and a good primer for what to expect when I moved to China. "Country Driving" continues in Hessler's tradition of showing the small details of everyday Chinese peoples' lives to illustrate some of the bigger challenges facing the Middle Kingdom.
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Visiting the doctor when you're overseas can be a frightening--or interesting--experience. This week on Novel Adventurers we're writing about traditional medicines and treatments, and I narrate my first visit to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Please stop by!
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Shopping malls are a curious thing. Before I moved to Asia, I had thought them to be a very American icon. While cities in Europe had malls, they weren't town focal points. Asia, however, now does shopping malls better--and bigger--than any I've ever experienced in the US. This week on Novel Adventurers, we're writing about shopping around the world, and I take a look at the vast popularity of Asian shopping malls. Please stop by and take a look! Here's the link.
This week on Novel Adventurers, I write about why I love taking river cruises, and why the Yangtze River cruise is one of the best river-related activities in Asia. Click here to read the post, and while you're there, I'd love it if you left a comment.
Today on the Novel Adventurers we're writing about cross cultural influences. I took a look back at a few crazy Christmases I spent crowd watching in China. While Christmas is a family affair for most Americans, in China people like to celebrate outside, almost like a street carnival.
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Summertime here in Southern China seems to last a lot longer than the three months the season is designated on the calendar. But how much of summer is just the heat? I maintain summer is a state of mind, and I write about books that help us capture that feeling in this week's post on Novel Adventurers. Happy reading! http://noveladventurers.blogspot.com/2012/08/books-that-feel-like-summer.html
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.