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By Kirsty Needham

While journalist Kristy Needham heads to Beijing to paintings at a chinese language newspaper as a “foreign expert,” she has studied the language and the background yet has no inspiration what lifestyles in China will relatively be like. As this compelling tale finds, she quickly learns that Communist slogans, transvestite nightclubs, SARS scares, and militant groups of vacationer handlers are only many of the disparate parts of lifestyle in China that she needs to navigate. From being always requested if she is a undercover agent to maintaining her integrity at a government-controlled paper, Needham is stuck in a kingdom haunted through its previous and surging towards the longer term. via wry, journalistic observations, this brilliant memoir bargains an enlightening, hilarious, and occasionally frightening outsider’s tackle modern China and its speedily changing culture.

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These should instead be referred to always as ‘president’ and ‘parliament’, with compulsory inverted commas so as to ridicule legitimacy. According to the style guide, every reporter could use an additional two pen-names—as long as they weren’t English names—in addition to their ‘official name’. That was an awful lot of fakes, I thought. I had already noticed that the Business Weekly editorials were written under pseudonyms. An Ling offered to help me unlock the mysteries of the ancient computer system I would be working on.

But we paused a fraction too long before turning a hard right through the door. Uniformed men emerged from nowhere to block our path and ordered us away. ‘A little overzealous for bouncers,’ I said, but not to their faces. Their uniforms looked like green military. Did the Chinese army have a natural bent as inscrutable door nazis? Whoever they were, they were highly efficient at keeping pesky reporters and the unwashed out of elite occasions. QX5 30 26/6/06 12:23 PM Page 30 A SEASON IN RED off the Napster logo.

We eventually stumbled around the corner, where a large two-storey building looked promising. As we got nearer I could hear laughter and music. We entered through the back of the factory, and headed down an industrial corridor. To the left was a moody little Mediterranean bar rapidly filling with foreign girls. More intriguing was the red carpet that swept its way under a huge spotlight to a door on the right. Chinese fashionistas wafting up the carpet on stiletto heels with men in black were followed by the flash of photographers.

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