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Letter from China

By Peter James Froning

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This is a poignant and irreverent diary of the author's yearlong (2001-2) experience of teaching English to college students in Beijing, People's Republic of China. From the very first pages, the author draws you into his struggle with a culture worlds away from his comfort zone. The author's generous and compelling personality allowed him to gain access to the lives of his students and their families, who became characters in his tale. One can experience the author's wit and humanity throughout the narrative. The author's humorous view of China is especially timely and dovetails with the current explosion of interest in that country as it enters the modern world. The book is neither a travelogue nor a look at the government, although elements of those subjects are woven into the story. Instead, it is an engaging look at China, tailored toward those who know little about it. Still, those who have lived and/or traveled there will also enjoy the book as it reminds them of the absurdities they, too, experienced.

Customer Reviews

Letter from England

This is an amazing true story of a kind hearted man and his experiences as a new English teacher in Beijing, China. Often funny, moving, touching, insightful and always very interesting. For me it was compelling listening and I cant recommend this enough.


Quite slight in content, but a charming read and informative too if you want to know what life is like on the ground as a Westerner in China - or was like about 10 years ago. Recommended.

Vivid and charming

poignant account of an middle age American English teacher in China during the year 2000-200. The heart-warning stories capture his experience during a moment in time with engaging characters and observations of daily life. Exquisite quality and production with wonderful prose and story telling. Highly recommended.