A breif but accurate snapshot of Chinese people today,
This review is from: Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language (Hardcover)
This is a quick, light read - do not expect a learned dissertation on the language or Chines sociology.
That said, I found the author's experiences and observations accurate. I experienced similar wonderment, interest, and yes, at times, frustration with China, the Chinese, and the Chinese language. I first travelled to China in 1989 and have spent around three years on business there in total (though made up of around some 60 to 70 visits).
I totally disagree with the views of 'Mandarin Student' from Norway (where, incidentally I also lived and worked for two years). That reviewer completely fails to understand the author's objectives in documenting her stay there, more as diary notes, coupled with her linguistic knowledge.
She was not a Chinese student, more a longer-term traveller there, as was I. As travellers, she and I clearly met or observed some of the same folk. In her last chapter, she clearly intended to acknowledge the caring side of the nation.
I now have more Chinese friends than English: they have acknowledged to me all the interesting differences the author highlights.
My only reason for a four-star rating is that I would have liked more of the same. I read the book in two days.