Adrift in China by Simon Myers

By Simon Myers

China is the 3rd greatest kingdom on the earth, holds approximately 1 / 4 of the earth's inhabitants and claims a recorded historical past going again greater than 3,000 years. Foreigners' reactions to China and its humans veer from one severe to the opposite, as though the gargantuan dimension of where calls for a sweeping reaction. this is often comprehensible. Time is required for this type of monstrous and complicated nation, and time is anything that the majority travelers don't are looking to provide. Simon Myers spent years within the center state attempting to fathom probably simply an inkling of China. to begin with as a Western scholar, nonetheless preoccupied with trying to find much-missed dairy items; then as a businessman promoting the capitalist icon, Coca-Cola, inaugurated to company ingesting and wasting face; and eventually, independence: at the street on a chinese language bike and sidecar. an educated, fun and private account, Simon Myers is going past the clichs and gives a special tackle existence within the world's such a lot interesting and troublesome nation.

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New residential suburbs were built on former rice fields and fish farms while daily press conferences showcased new high-rise office space available soon for rent. At night the 62 BOOMTIME! city just carried on. Smart restaurants, discos, bowling alleys, fast-food joints and shopping malls, all lit up in bright neon. Canto-pop blared out from stalls selling the latest CDs (counterfeit of course) as couples strolled the streets in the latest Hong Kong fashions. On their belts hung pagers, mobile phones and leather pouches for cigarette lighters.

A policeman sauntered over to where the three of us sat on a bench. ’ We were taken, one by one, to tell a fierce-looking lady with a notepad and pen what had happened. Behind her stood a large senior policeman, cigarette in hand, who asked the questions. So, Mr Ma, tell us what happened. I described to the best of my ability what had taken place. While the broken face of the youth outside was unfortunate, he had hit a female passenger with no justification other than that he felt humiliated after a petty verbal exchange.

His face was bloody and his shirtfront was also covered in blood. He still clutched his nose and kept his face fixed on the floor while wailing intermittently. His friend, perhaps emboldened by Dave’s forced restraint, gave his version of events in a loud angry voice. A policeman sauntered over to where the three of us sat on a bench. ’ We were taken, one by one, to tell a fierce-looking lady with a notepad and pen what had happened. Behind her stood a large senior policeman, cigarette in hand, who asked the questions.

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