Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star 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
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
I simply loved reading about these trips a...more
I think the basic premise of his story is by le...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
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 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
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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
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