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Beijing Blur: A head-spinning journey into modern China

Beijing Blur: A head-spinning journey into modern China (Paperback)

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When Sydney journalist James West lands a job at a state-run radio station in Beijing, he imagines he knows a lot about China - from dragon's heads and acrobatics, to communist slogans and brothels. Then he arrives, and finds himself at a rave, dancing on the Great Wall. But is one night of hedonism on China's most well-known landmark an accurate reflection of the `real Beijing'? Or an anomaly in an otherwise tightly controlled culture, still dealing with the aftershocks of the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square? To find answers, he talks to the next generation about the China they will create for themselves. Against a backdrop of the changing seasons in Beijing, a city he grows to love, he enters a brave new world of bloggers, punk-rock dens and underground queer culture. An intimate account of one young Australian's year abroad, Beijing Blur is also the story of modern China - a nation poised at one of the great turns of the global historical tide.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Crimson Publishing Publication Date: 01/01/2009 ISBN-13: 9781854584687  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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James West is a young Australian writer and radio broadcaster who worked as a `Foreign Expert' in Beijing from 2005 to 2006. After completing a master's in journalism at New York University, he returned to Australia, where he is executive producer of current affairs programme, Hack on ABC radio. He lives in Sydney.

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