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A Season in Red
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By 2.30 a.m. I was in Poachers, where tabletop dancing and swinging off the stair rails were obligatory at this kind of hour. A hundred arms thrusting into the air with the techno beat, sweaty bodies twitching as if it were an electric current, not music, coursing through their veins. But the tall Chinese boy standing next to me wasn't dancing. He had a beer in his hand and he had a question. 'Are you a spy?' he asked.When Kirsty Needham moves to Beijing her expectations of what it would be like to work and live as a journalist in China are swiftly swept away by the bizarre realities of this extraordinary country. As she grapples with the strange and often contradictory world of modern China - a country of communist slogans and transvestite nightclubs, SARS scares and SWAT-like teams of tourist handlers - Kirsty becomes embroiled in a world that constantly challenges her perceptions as it quietly wins her heart. By turns enlightening, enthralling and bizarre, Kirsty's is a unique take on contemporary China as it is evolving right now. From a city where St Bernard dogs are the new status symbols and nice middle-class Beijingers play the NASDAQ for fun, she provides a fresh, compelling outsider's view of one of the fastest changing countries in the world. enlightening, enthralling and bizarre, Kirsty's is a unique take on contemporary China as it is evolving right now. From a city where St Bernard dogs are the new status symbols and nice middle-class Beijingers play the NASDAQ for fun, she provides a fresh, compelling outsider's view of one of the fastest changing countries in the world.
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Prologue: Laowai 20041. Red Fever2. Yellow Dust3. China Daily4. Certified Expert Foreigners5. Dragon Gorge6. SARS and Propaganda7. A Captive Audience8. Sky9. The Campaign Against Youth Spiritual Pollution10. Street Scenes11. When Red Means Go12. Hot in the City13. Gaining a Name, Losing Face14. Checking OutAcknowledgements

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Boldly goes where no other book on China dares go: from hospitals and hairdressing salons to public toilets and lingerie parties, this is a young, fresh, vivid and compelling look at a rapidly changing country and culture. A fascinating glimpse inside modern China, and how government control and censorship persists, even as China undergoes rapid economic reform and middle class families go shopping at Ikea. This is Foreign Babes in Beijing meets the news desk. Category: Travel/Memoir

About the Author

Kirsty Needham has been a journalist since 1994, and since 1997 a news reporter and feature writer for the The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2002/03, she worked as a freelance contributor to The South China Morning Post and in 2004 accepted a Medialink/ Australia-China Council fellowship to spend three months in China working as a journalist with the China Daily in Beijing.

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