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Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman
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May 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: chinese-about-china
Read in August, 2009

Well presented stories from a guy who went to central China to teach English in 1983-4. A bit scary in some ways, as I am soon of to do this same thing myself...but meanwhile it's been a quarter century of rapid changes for them. Some "issues" for westerners will be the same, some not so much. Hopefully many "discovered joys" for westerners will remain...
A quick and easily digestible read. Also excellent "thanks for helping with the wedding" gift from a groom who studies martial arts to a corpulent friend who is soon going abroad to teach English i.e. might inspire local study of taichi, bagua or other "soft" wushu. I esp. liked the bits with the fisher family, and was pleased and surprised to learn on the last page Saltzman is married to filmmaker Jessica Yu, who made the great Darger doc 'In the Realms of the Unreal'.

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