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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val Wang Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781494576349
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Raised in a strict Chinese-American household, Val Wang dutifully got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe-until she shaved her head and became a leftist. But Val's true mutiny was when she moved to China, the land her parents had fled. In 1998, Val arrives in Beijing expecting to find freedom . . . but she finds her traditional relatives instead. She discovers a city rebelling against its roots, struggling to find a new, modern identity like her. A thriving avant-garde subculture makes art out of the chaos in Beijing's gritty outskirts. Brilliantly observed and winningly told, Beijing Bastard is a compelling story of a young woman finding her place in the world and of China, as its ancient past gives way to a dazzling but uncertain future. Download and start listening now!

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  • “A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation.”

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  • A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation. Kirkus
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About the Author

Val Wang is an author and multimedia storyteller. Her memoir, Beijing Bastard, was released by Gotham Books in fall 2014. Her multimedia projects work at the edge of digital innovation in journalism. She teaches in the English and Media Studies department of Bentley University. She lives in Boston but her heart is still partly in Beijing.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is a performing artist and yogi currently based in New York City. Her voice-over career includes work in animated film and television in Southeast Asia. She has also worked as an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer on stage throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. When not in the studio or on stage, Emily is a yoga teacher with a focus on holistic approaches to health. She holds a degree from the University of California–Berkeley.