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Kosher Chinese

Kosher Chinese

Author(s): Michael Levy

Location(s): Guiyang

Genre(s): Travelogue



In September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China’s heartland. His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him: resident expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial basketball star, to name a few. His account of overcoming vast cultural differences to befriend his students and fellow teachers is by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. While revelling in the peculiarities of life in China’s interior, the author also discovered that the ‘other billion’ (people living far from the coastal cities covered by the American media) have a complex relationship with both their own traditions and the rapid changes of modernization. Lagging behind in China’s economic boom, they experience the darker side of ‘capitalism with Chinese characteristics’, daily facing the schizophrenia of conflicting ideologies.

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Rural Chinese life in the mid naughties. superb.

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