What China taught a wide-eyed journalist

Beijing for Beginners. By Gary Finnegan, The Liffey Press, €15.95

12th July, 2008

Beijing for Beginners. By Gary Finnegan, The Liffey Press, €15.95

Anyone harbouring romantic notions of the Orient and contemplating a visit to China would do well to read Gary Finnegan’s debut title, a warts ’n’ all account of his stint as an English teacher in Beijing. He sets out with the aim of making ‘‘a personal journey to appreciate Chinese culture’’, but finds himself pole-axed by culture shock within hours of his arrival....

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