The Road to Sleeping Dragon by Michael Meyer audiobook

The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up

By Michael Meyer
Read by David Shih

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665260107

  • ISBN: 9781665260091

  • ISBN: 9781665260114

Runtime: 13.78 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Travel
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean's orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China's changes as he was.

Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts listeners in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country—from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing's backstreets and his future wife's Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China's vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world's largest panda preserve.

Both funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is essential listening for anyone interested in China's history, and how daily life plays out there today.

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Author Bio: Michael Meyer

Author Bio: Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer, author and journalist, is currently chief speechwriter for the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. Before that, he worked for Newsweek for two decades, most recently as Europe editor for Newsweek International, where he also oversaw the magazine’s coverage of the Middle East and Asia. Between 1988 and 1992, Meyer was Newsweek‘s bureau chief for Germany, Central Europe, and the Balkans, during which time he wrote more than twenty cover stories on the break-up of Communist Europe and German unification. He is the author of The Alexander Complex, and he lives in New York City with his wife.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Travel
Runtime: 13.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English