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Tom Carter
Attended American University - Washington D.C.
Lives in San Francisco
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Chinese travel author Hong Mei was honored with a feature in The Hindu, India's most respected print newspaper. "Very few Chinese go backpacking in India, and even fewer women. It’s not that we have an unfavourable view of the country. We are simply oblivious."
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Yifu Dong of Yale's China Hands Magazine reviews UNSAVORY ELEMENTS: "It was when he took his struggling friends to the brothel for an absurd and hilarious escapade that the phrase "Unsavory Elements" occurred to Carter. While on the adventure, Carter thought about how, according to the party line, the people running the brothel were without a doubt "Unsavory Elements," but he also wondered if the foreigners themselves were unsavory in the eyes of the Chinese people and authorities they interacted with".
Unsavory Elements presents a feast for those who enjoy reading good stories. Editing what is first and foremost a travel book, Tom Carter presents 28 accounts written by individuals who possess decent credentials and superb storytelling abilities....
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yes, definitely unsavoury!
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Fellow vagabond and China expat Wade Shepard at the ever-awesome VagabondJourney.com gives UNSAVORY ELEMENTS a thoroughly epic review. We especially like "There are a few stories that would probably yank up the wedgies of a book club of Midwestern USA suburban mothers."
Tom Carter's Unsavory Elements is a collection of stories which show the true China experience.
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Nicole Chen's very sweet blog review of UNSAVORY, with props to Matthew Polly, Kay Bratt, Alan Paul and Jocelyn Eikenburg: "Rather than pack up and move halfway around the world, I bought a book."
Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China. I’ve been a tourist in China a couple of times. I’ve climbed the Great Wall, toured the Forbidden City, and walked along Shanghai’s b...
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+Nicole Chen really did a nice little review! :-)
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Old-fashioned black-and-white photocopies of UNSAVORY ELEMENTS going for 50RMB a pop on Taobao - and they have 9997 in stock! I can't help but feel flattered that someone would stoop to such a ghetto act of piracy just to make our book available to China's reading masses.
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Though you haven't REALLY made it as an author until you see a fake color copy of your book being sold out of a horse cart in China along with fake Twilight and 50 Shades.
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Recent snap shot of yours truly by fellow #China  photog Navjot Singh here in #Shanghai  .
Having travelled extensively across ALL of China's 33 provinces...successfully succeeding in circumnavigating over 35000 miles (56000 kilometers) during a 2-year period, the first foreigner on record ever to do so, Tom Carter, a superlative photojournalist and an old China hand, is just the man ...
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My interview with Ricepaper Magazine. Thanks to Ed Koo for the very thoughtful questions about #China   #Travel  and #Photography  
Did you like this issue's cover? We did! Ricepaper had a chance to talk to Tom Carter, the photojournalist who shared with us one of the photos from his
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Love it or hate it, the infamous The Epoch Times reviews UNSAVORY ELEMENTS, and it's fair! "The two dozen tales document a stunning variety of experiences, and paint a portrait of China that is at once repulsive and fascinating."
Tom Carter, a photographer and editor based in Shanghai, last year published a collection of two dozen reminiscences by foreigners to China about their time in the country, calling it “Unsavory Elements.”
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My only issue with reviewer Matthew Robertson is this statement: "There is no theme, and little prescription seems to have been given by Carter to his contributors."

As we say in the Mainland, "ge pi!"
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Thanks to The White Rabbit Gallery's Book Club for discussing UNSAVORY ELEMENTS.
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And speaking of China's interwebs, just noticed that UNSAVORY ELEMENTS has attracted a sizable following of Chinese readers on Douban. Thanks for the love, P.R.C.!
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China Law Blog's Christopher Cottrell scrutinizes UNSAVORY ELEMENTS under a legal lens, probing the ethics behind Graham Earnshaw's publishing retrospective, Susie Gordon's "fu er dai" expose, and my prostitution piece: "How, then, does one find transparency in China’s business and #legal culture? And more specifically, how do foreigners side-step being brought along to brothels, or just say no to the narcotics in front of them, when doing business with the Chinese without wholly insulting their overly gracious (and easily offended) hosts?"
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Part 2 of business culture publication Jing Daily's coverage of UNSAVORY ELEMENTS: an excerpt from Susie Gordon's highly-praised essay, and a short interview with me about the editing process: "(Susie's) was the single most difficult piece for me to commission. I wanted to tap a writer who could capture the glamour of China’s cosmopolitan cities and the extravagance of the people’s newfound luxury."
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Travel photographer Tom Carter, author of CHINA: Portrait of a People
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Photojournalist Tom Carter traveled for 2 years and 35,000 miles across the 33 provinces of China to show the diversity of Chinese People in CHINA: Portrait of a People, the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author. Available now on Amazon.

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  • American University - Washington D.C.
    Political Science, 1997
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Walk the line
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The first Chinese woman to backpack across India, Hong Mei says the impact was both emotional and spiritual.

走得越远,离自己越近
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Hong Mei (洪梅) is the first Chinese female on record to backpack across all of India. Her journals from that groundbreaking adventure acr...

PlayboyPlus
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China as the Other - The Epoch Times
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Tom Carter, a photographer and editor based in Shanghai, last year published a collection of two dozen reminiscences by foreigners to China

28 Doses of the China Experience: Tom Carter’s Unsavory Elements
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Tom Carter's Unsavory Elements is a collection of stories which show the true China experience.

Foreigners on the Loose in China
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Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China. I’ve been a tourist in China a couple of times. I’ve climbed the Great Wall,

Book Review: Unsavory Elements - Asia Sentinel
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Stories of foreigners on the loose in China. Edited by Tom Carter. Earnshaw Books, Softcover, 293 pps, available from Amazon, US$15.25, Kind

Interview: Editor of 'Unsavory' China Expat Anthology Aims to Include Ra...
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The editor of a wide-ranging new anthology about the China expatriate experience aimed to include "something for everyone, expats and casual

Memories or impressions of China | Red Room Well Red | Blog Post | Red Room
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Red Room is the social media home and online bookstore for the literary world. Red Room connects best-selling authors with readers through b

What's It Like To Be a Foreigner Living in China? Unsavory Elements Offe...
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A review of the book Unsavory Elements, a collection of essays by ex-pats living in China.

'Unsavory Elements' in Reddit AMA
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Foreigners on the loose, available in an Ask Me Anything session.

Unsavory Elements
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Featuring entirely original writings written exclusively for this work, this anthology is filled with 28 essays from foreigners who live ...

Tom Carter
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Author of China and Unsavory Elements

Propaganda artists from North Korea paint a rose-tinted China
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The Beautiful Future sees icons of Beijing's skyline reimagined by a team of propaganda painters in Pyongyang

Exploring the stories of China's latest ethnic minority | Asia Pacific |...
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China's central position in the Asian century means more and more foreigners will travel there.

A Kindle in Hong Kong: UNSAVORY ELEMENTS edited by Tom Carter
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THE GIST: An anthology of non-fiction by foreigners living in China. THE VERDICT: Unsavory Elements features a diverse selection of stories

Reviews of Unsavory Elements
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I have gotten good feedback on compiling reviews for a book (example: "Reviews of Deng Xiaoping in Review"). So here is another one - today

Unsavory Elements, edited by Tom Carter » The Peking Duck
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I've never met an expat in China who didn't have his or her own extraordinary stories to tell, stories that at times made them stop and ask

Top 10 Traveler’s Tales from China | China Whisper
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With a landmass of 9.6 million km², China is the world's 3rd largest country, and its oldest civilization. Inhospitable topography and a com

Reading at Portsmouth Book & Bar
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Reading at Portsmouth Book & Bar. 11 August 2013. A happy update from the jungles of Costa Rica: I'll be returning to New England to read al