Apologies to My Censor

Apologies to My Censor

The High and Low Adventures of A Foreigner in China

Book - 2013
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Inspired by his article "Rent a White Guy," published in The Atlantic, comes a chronicle of Moxley's outrageous adventures in Beijing--from fake businessman to Chinese propagandist to low-budget music video star--as well as a young man's search for identity in the most unexpected of places.

Mitch Moxley came to Beijing in the spring of 2007 to take a job as a writer and editor for China Daily, the country's only English-language national newspaper. The Chinese economy was booming, the Olympics were on the horizon, and Beijing was being transformed into a world-class city overnight. Moxley planned to stay through the Olympics and then head back to Canada.

That was five years ago. In that time Moxley has fed a goat to a tiger, watched a bear ride a bicycle while wearing lingerie (he has witnesses), and has eaten scorpions and silkworms. He also appeared as one of Cosmopolitan's 100 most eligible bachelors in China, acted in a state-funded Chinese movie, and was paid to pose as a fake businessman.

These experiences, and many more, are chronicled in Tall Rice, the comic adventures and misadventures of Moxley's time in China and his transformation into his alter ego--Mi Gao, or Tall Rice. The books spans the five years that Moxley has lived in China; five years that coincide with China's arrival on the world stage and its emergence as a global superpower. A funny and honest look at expat life, and the ways in which a country can touch and transform you.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062124432
Branch Call Number: 951. 061 MOX M
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 21 cm.


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Dec 21, 2016

The author accepts a journalism job in China during a time of his life where he's stuck and wondering where to go next (he's Canadian, raised on the prairies, and mid-twenties at the time) and this book chronicles his experiences during the six years he lived in Beijing. It's interesting, and also sometimes pretty funny, but at times he can seem so naive, and self-obsessed, that it's difficult to feel much empathy. Anyways, it's a good read, and I always enjoy non-fiction, so I can recommend this one if you're looking for a slightly different autobiography.

May 12, 2014

Moxley has an engaging writing style and I am a confirmed Sinophile, so I enjoyed this to some extent. At least he acknowledges throughout that he wasted a lot of time drinking, slacking off, and not putting a lot of effort into his language lessons; still, I became annoyed at his waste of a tremendous opportunity. I admire his honesty but sure wouldn't hire him. If you are looking for a more detailed account of a Canadian journalist living and working in China, I recommend Jan Wong's books; not exactly the same period but a lot more insight.

Aug 18, 2013

I was disappointed in this book. Nothing much happens during his six years in China. There is no climax. I thought perhaps he might be arrested for out-spoken remarks. I have no idea why the author chose that title.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

"In this candid and funny look at expat life and the ways in which a country can change you, a freelance writer shares his outrageous adventures in Beijing, which saw him transform from fake businessman to Chinese propagandist to low-budget music video star." August 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664860

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