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Big in China My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing reader Ð 272 pages µ dogsalonbristol ☆ ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ Big in China My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family Playing thInnings in Beijing Paul’s three and a half year journey reinventing himself as an American expat while raising a family and starting the revolutionary blues band Woodie Al Big in China is Alan Paul's memoir of his three and a half years in Beijing living as an expat with his wife and three young children His wife Rebecca was offered a job as the Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief and Alan was a stay at home dad and freelance writer They saw this move to China as an opportunity and they embraced it by working hard and taking freuent trips off the beaten path into the villages in China and mingling with the peopleI simply loved reading about these trips and admired how they did this with three young children in tow It was also interesting to see how the expat community lived within compounds that were gated and guarded and their homes staffed with servants who did everything cooked cleaned and took care of the kids Although Paul and Rebecca pursued their careers passionately they were clearly close as a family and made sure to spend time as a family doing things togetherAlan was also editor for Guitar World and loved to play the guitar One day he stumbled upon Woodie a hip Chinese man who loves blues music Shortly after they formed the blues band Woodie Alan It was a match made in heaven Little did they know that their cross cultural collaboration would become so successful that they would earn the title “Best Band in Beijing” and would go on to tour China and produce a CD album of original songs in both English and Mandarin Having just finished reading Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus which explored the science of learning music I was able to truly appreciate what it took for these men and their band members to play so well together and rise to success so uicklyBig in China is a well written enjoyable read about how one man and his family fell in love with a foreign country and its people It's easy to read and although it opened my eyes to China and its culture it did not delve into any of the politics and immense social problems known about China Rather it focused on Alan's perception of embracing life on unfamiliar territory with his family It's a heartwarming account of how one man discovered first hand that people of vastly different cultures are very much alike and yearn for the same things including the transcending joy from an art that unites people everywhere music

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An voted Beijing Band of the Year in the 2008 is a must read adventure for anyone who has lived abroad and for everyone who dreams of rewriting the story of their own future Loved it took me back to Shanghai days The book discusses many of the issues shared by many expats living in China and elsewhere but the added layer of interest and culture brought to bear by Alan Paul's experience of playing in a successful band makes the books much than another expat memoir

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Big in China My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in BeijingAlan Paul award–winning author of the Wall Street Journal’s online column “The Expat Life” gives his engaging inspiring and unforgettable memoir of blues and new beg Alan PaulI'm the author and I'm sure there is somewhere else I should be posting this but until I figure that outI figured I might as well bump my average rating up but I certainly don't think the book is perfect A year after its release I certainly see some things I wish I had done differently but I remain proud of it and thankful to all of you who have read it and especially those who have taken the time to review I'm pleased that most of you enjoyed it and take some of the critical comments to heart Happy to hear from any of you