"Reviewers often say so many books are written about Westerners in China that it's become a separate genre of literature. Maybe so. But that doesn't lessen the accomplishment of a fine new offering that explores the complication and contradiction of life in the world's biggest country."
"Write a clichéd period piece romanticizing the lives of 1930s Shanghai courtesans and you are praised by reviewers, but write a true tale about the working girls of modern China and they call for your deportation."
"Most Chinese still esteem such admirable expats. So the title dis-serves them. But overall, the range, humor and insights in this book by veteran publisher Graham Earnshaw, place it among the best of its kind."
- American University - Washington D.C.Political Science, 1997
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