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Author Meyer, Michael J., 1972- author.

Title The road to Sleeping Dragon : learning China from the ground up / Michael Meyer.

Publication Info. New York ; London ; Oxford : Bloomsbury 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    951.0612 MEY    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xvi, 296 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents A plunge into the Middle Country -- On the Stall-for-time River -- Every village faces the Sun -- Sinking in -- Parting the cloud of compassion -- Far and away in Tibet -- Tomorrow will be even better (but today things will just get worse) -- Thought liberation -- Beijing spring -- Meet the parents -- Signposts -- Three protests -- Arrivals and departures -- Digressions on the New Frontier -- Countdown clocks -- Defending the ghosts -- Learning to speak Olympics -- The road to Sleeping Dragon -- "One world, one dream" one year later -- A trans-Siberian exit.
Summary "In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean's orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China's changes as he was. Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts readers in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country --from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing's backstreets and his future wife's Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China's vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world's largest panda preserve. In the last book of his China trilogy, Meyer tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater--if never complete--assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up"
Subject Meyer, Michael J., 1972- -- Travel -- China.
China -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Travel writing.
ISBN 9781632869357 (hardcover)
1632869357 (hardcover)
Standard No. 40027548045

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