China in Drag

China in Drag : Travels with a Cross Dresser

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Approaching the end of his nine year stint as a BBC journalist in Beijing, Michael Bristow decided he wanted to write about the country's modern history. To assist him he asked for the help of his language teacher, who was born just two years after the communist party came to power in 1949. The changing fortunes of his life have mirrored the ups and downs of his country, which has moved from communist poverty to capitalist wealth in just a single generation. It came as a surprise though, to learn that the teacher was also a cross-dresser. Michael gradually realised that the teacher's story is the story of modern China.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 15mm | 217g
  • Dingwall, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910985902
  • 9781910985908
  • 673,926

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`A finely observed tale of one man and modern China. Fascinating and lovely.'-Mishal Husain;`A hugely engaging, informative read, underpinned by Bristow's journalistic rigour and specialist knowledge. It is also a very touching tribute to a special friendship.'-The Yorkshire Post;`Culturally and emotionally sensitive, Bristow has crafted a tale that's as informative as it is moving - a unique and endlessely fascinating exploration of life in another culture.'-Luke Marlowe, The Bookbag
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About Michael Bristow

For five years, Michael Bristow was a BBC correspondent in Beijing, covering everything from earthquakes to the Olympics. Apart from his family, China is his great passion, an interest that began while at university in Newcastle. He's spent much of his adult life trying to learn Mandarin; a task he imagines might take many more years. He lives with his wife and their two children.
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39 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
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3 23% (9)
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