Big in China: My Unlikely Adventure in Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Reinventing Myself in Beijing
The inspiring story of a man, a family, a band, a foreign country, and a new beginningWhen Alan Paul's wife was offered the job as the Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief, he saw it as an amazing opportunity to shake up their increasingly staid suburban New Jersey life. Excited and not a little scared, they packed up their three children—ages two, four, and seven—and ...more
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I figured I might as well bump my average rating up, but I certainly don't think the book is perfect. A year after its release, I certainly see some things I wish I had done differently, but I remain proud of it and thankful to all of you who have read it and especially those who have taken the time to review. I'm pleased that most of you enjoyed it, and take some of the critical ...more
Bottom line is that Alan's a really nice guy, presenting the details in an engaging manner. Definitely not "just another expat in China" story at all. Recommended!
I simply loved reading about these trips a ...more
I would probably never do what he did, but re ...more
Interesting story, some good insight into expat life in China as well as some "off the beaten trail" stuff, pretty easy engaging read, some good emotional stories as well as just some everyday life observations.
What I didn't enjoy:
I didn't find the author particularly likeable. I found him quite entitled and a little whiny at the beginning .. whinging about being considered a "trailing spouse" (what they call the spouse of the person who has the big foreign job - Paul's wife, Rebecc ...more
His energy level is rather amazing. Just reading about all the stuff they did was tiring.
The author blogged while in Beijing about ...more
In this entertaining memoir, Paul recounts an unanticipated life-changing experience that began when his wife accepted a three-year work assignment in Beijing. After resettling their three young children from suburban New Jersey to China, Paul, a music and basketball journalist who played guitar only as a hobby, embarked on an exploration of local culture and music. The search prompted his transition from writing about music to being a bona fide rock star in the band Wood
In 1993, I had gone on a three week tour of China and now my son works there. China has changed so much since I was there so I was really excited to find this book. I wanted to see if Alan Paul had similar experiences and did he become attached to the people like I did. I was so sad to leave that tears were streaking my face when the return flight was over.
Alan Paul, the author went with his wife and family when she accepted a job as t ...more
Alan Paul, freelance journalist, spent more than 3 years in Beijing when his wife accepted the post of Bureau Chief for the WSJ. Before the move, they lived in suburban NJ, where he juggled his work assignments with being the primary caregiver for their 3 children (aged 7, 4 and 2 at the time of the move). But in Expat World, where the relocation packages ...more
I think the basic premise of his story is by le ...more
I am a former expat so I experienced many of the same experiences and emotions described in this book. Returning to the USA after living in southeast Asia for 3 years was quite difficult for me. I wanted to share my experiences, but people who have not lived abroad were not interested. In a few months I will return for an extended visit to the places that I lived in Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.
He is the author of Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing (Harper), which is currently being developed as a film by Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures ...more