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21 review for Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kumari de Silva

    As much a memory of Americans in the 90s as it is a memoir of China. The copyright in the frontispiece says "1990" but the blurb on the back of the book says "Winner, 1988 Associated Writing Programs Award for Nonfiction." At times Terrill bemoans the fact that "we" can never get out of our homegrown cultural perspective. He complains of his inability to see things the way Chinese do. Most hilarious is his chapter that describes his frustration with the American history text he is given to teach. As much a memory of Americans in the 90s as it is a memoir of China. The copyright in the frontispiece says "1990" but the blurb on the back of the book says "Winner, 1988 Associated Writing Programs Award for Nonfiction." At times Terrill bemoans the fact that "we" can never get out of our homegrown cultural perspective. He complains of his inability to see things the way Chinese do. Most hilarious is his chapter that describes his frustration with the American history text he is given to teach. Survey of Britain and America states "The United States of America is a bourgeois republic, where political power belongs to monopoly capitalists." (page 94). I do not share the author's inability to see things from more than one perspective, perhaps because my parents - both immigrants to America, were from different countries/cultures from each other. Seeing things, beliefs, mores through a kaleidoscope of alternate realities is second nature to me. I much appreciated Terrill's honest narrative of his highly personal experiences. I think this book would be of interest to anyone who is 1) an intrepid traveler 2) interested in living/working in China 3) is an armchair traveler and 4) is a deep thinker on the human condition I found it enjoyable. I also appreciate his dispelling of some strongly held (negative) stereotypes of Asian women.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aldean

    A meditative reflection of an American professor of English living and teaching in a remote Chinese city, probably in the 1980's. Terrill's careful and omnivorous observations of individuals, situations, and scenes are well-woven without ostentation, language used carefully and precisely, yet with great feeling and quiet passion. A meditative reflection of an American professor of English living and teaching in a remote Chinese city, probably in the 1980's. Terrill's careful and omnivorous observations of individuals, situations, and scenes are well-woven without ostentation, language used carefully and precisely, yet with great feeling and quiet passion.

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    Brian

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    Sean Gilligan

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