Howard and Ellen Goodman were just turning 60 when Howard was laid off from his job as a newspaper editor during the Great Recession Jobless in a dying industry in the U.S., the couple grabbed the chance at a new life when opportunity in Shanghai arose out of the blue Both a travelogue and a cultural critique, Disoriented tells the couple s story, from dazed arrival in a new land to Howard s experiences as an editor under state controlled media and Ellen s teaching English to the children of China s new elites Ultimately, the pair developed a surprise romance with a staggering country that few Americans really know In this highly readable book, the Goodmans draw the reader into their worlds as they become oriented to life in a place so different from the one they left in the States What results in their sweet and warm portrayal of life as ex pats in Shanghai and Hong Kong is a love story, a portrait of transformation, and an appreciation of what they left at home....
|Title||:||Disoriented: Two Strange Years in China as Unexpected Expats|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 1 edition May 22, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||332 pages|
|File Size||:||796 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Disoriented: Two Strange Years in China as Unexpected Expats Reviews
Immerse yourself in the wonders of China with this open-minded American couple. Howard and Ellen Goodman take you along on their two-year adventure in Shanghai and Hong Kong, navigating everyday life while exploring the culture and history of a rapidly changing nation.
I loved sharing Howard and Ellen's journey as they spent two years living, loving and working in China. Through their stories of day-to-day living, one learns so much about the very real socio-political differences between China and the west, as well as the joy in, occasionally, being able to bridge the language barrier and connect with a shopkeeper or landlord or the parent of a child you are teaching.
Like thousands of journalists around the country, Howard Goodman had to reinvent himself after being laid off from his newspaper in Florida. So he and his wife, Ellen, packed up for what became two years editing and teaching in China, one year in Shanghai and one in Hong Kong. Their two voices provide a full picture of a culture with lots of amusing details. I gave my hairdresser a copy of Ellen's chapter on getting her hair cut. The book is written in short chapters, based on a blog they kept during their time in China. The writing is sharp, honest and self-revealing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This account of an American family working and living in Asia is both personal and universal. The dislocation caused by the Great Recession could have happened to any of us. The story is bittersweet. Lives are broadened, world views are expanded, new friends are made. And yet, at the end, the call of home is irresistible. Our manifest destiny is to be where we are.
Here's a great humorous and insightful memoir about an American couple, caught in the economic downturn of 2007, who decided to go where the jobs are -- in this case traveling to China, and how they are forced to rearrange their lives and their sense of what's normal.
I give this totally original book 5 stars! Excellently written, it held my interest from beginning to end as it illuminated the deep differences between the world of China and the world of the USA. I recommend it for readers who are curious about our current world from the view of two observant, knowledgeable ex-pats.
The Goodman's did a wonderful job of bringing their travels alive! They gave me an understanding of the culture and people of China that I would never have otherwise had. thanks for a wonderful read!
Howard Goodman is a venerable journalist and his wife Ellen a soulful teacher, both representing the best of those noble professions.