By Tania McCartney
'Beijing Tai Tai' is a set of witty observations on Beijing expat lifestyles, from a mom, spouse and lady motive on taking pictures her love-hate affair with China. Intensely own, every now and then a bit arguable, it is a rollercoaster trip of honesty and openness as a mom and spouse (tai tai) juggles suburban kin existence in city Beijing. it is a publication approximately undesirable hair and silk markets up to it's approximately China's quest to stick actual to its historical origins, whereas the realm sucks this complex kingdom headlong into the long run. 'Beijing Tai Tai' is a ebook for a person prepared to profit extra approximately this different and culturally wealthy state. it really is for someone, from wherever, who is familiar with what it truly is wish to fall in love, discover new worlds and stay with demanding situations. either humorous and deeply unhappy, its content material epitomises the dichotomy that typifies China.
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The fizz of local Tsingtao beer on the lips. The curl of cigarette smoke in the nostrils and busy chatter of voices and natter of chopsticks in bowls (no forks here). I love it all. Yes, even the smoke, in a Parisian-café sort of way. And what I probably love more than anything is the kid thing. Our kids can do no wrong. Our kids are still settling in; they’re disoriented and ratty. They whine, they bang their chopsticks on the bowls and stick them upright in their rice (both a terrible no-no—the former imitates beggars banging their bowl for money, the latter imitates incense offerings stuck into sand for the dead).
Sure, she screamed. For about three seconds. Then she promptly stopped and started bouncing up and down in the seat with glee (and then refused to get out, but that’s a whole other story). Yes, a little nudge can be a good thing. So, after less than a year of part-time kindergarten in Australia, my little tot, who had not even begun learning phonics, has been ‘nudged’ into full-time, big-girl school, entering a curriculum around eighteen months ahead of her Aussie peers. How will she cope? I’m not too worried.
There were several uncertainties about coming to China and one of them was the English-language book selection, so we are well prepared, that’s all. Our family reads voraciously, and frankly, books cost a lot to ship, so we stocked up. And up and up. We also brought every toy we owned so the kids could grow into and through them, as well as four massive cartons of food: breakfast cereals, Milo, Aussie chocolate and other snacky things we weren’t certain could be found here. We brought a few sentimental items, too; things I couldn’t bear living four years without.