China is not just a different country; it's a completely different world. In Chinatized, author Dan Shipman offers readers a ticket inside the minds of an American couple as they honestly attempt to find a normal life in mainland China. Follow Dan and Kathryn as they grow through their sometimes-bizarre experiences and resulting observations during the three-year period they resided in China. Chinatized grew from the real-life letters Dan sent home that capture the development of ideas from an American expatriate's perspective. Employed by a large American construction company, Dan is simply amazed when he walks onto the jobsite the first day. From that horrified first impression to well-received attempts to introduce a bit of American culture, Dan and Kathryn learn to swim in a new pond with the help of expatriate friends - many who had lived in China several years. While Chinatized bears the authentic, thought-provoking feelings of the author, it is not just a travelogue. It is also an investigation of a very different culture from a thoroughly American perspective. Chinatized is required reading for anyone considering working, living, or traveling in China.
©2009 Dan Shipman; (P)2009 Tate