The Road to Sleeping Dragon

The Road to Sleeping Dragon

Learning China From the Ground up

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
The author recalls his time in the Peace Corps in Sichuan, China, of which he knew nothing upon arrival, and how he immersed himself into Chinese life to learn the language, culture, and history of the country.

McMillan Palgrave

From the highly praised author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, a brilliant portrait of China today and a memoir of coming of age in a country in transition.

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. Both funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is essential reading for anyone interested in China's history, and how daily life plays out there today.


From the highly praised author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, a brilliant portrait of China today and a memoir of coming of age in a country in transition.

Baker
& Taylor

The author, who has spent most of the last 20 years living and working in China, learning to understand it's people and culture as very few from the West ever have, takes readers on a eye-opening tour of his adopted country, from remotest to Tibet to the heart of Beijing, relating stories of his varied experiences from his first days in this foreign land up until now.

Publisher: New York ;, London ;, Oxford :, Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781632869357
1632869357
Characteristics: xvi, 296 pages ; 24 cm

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