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Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781922238283
Author(s): Christine Lavender
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Horizon Publishing Group
Dimensions: 145 x 0 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 280

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Bound explores a ten-year period in the life of 'Kristen', an Australian expatriate in Shanghai. Living in a foreign country is transformative, because it attracts opportunities for learning, discovering and becoming. However, 'turning to the foreign', presents many challenges for western expatriates moving from the West to the East. Bound aims to ensure that the past is not forgotten. It emphasises the importance of the freedom to choose and create one's life, to take risks and to live 'outside the square.' This literary memoir explores the reasons why 'Kristen', an Australian expatriate and others from Australia, Europe and the UK choose to live and work in a very different culture to their own and the challenges they face in China. Although there have been discussions about challenges faced through East to West migrations, the literature about West to East migrations is meagre. Yet these migrations are becoming more frequent due to the advances of technology and the fact that people's work increasingly involves a global role. Bound helps to fill this gap in the literature.
This book illustrates the experiences of both Chinese and western expatriates and their contributions to life and work in Shanghai. Philosophical and literary themes such as loss, attachment to place, freedom and transformation are highlighted throughout. Photos which depict the daily life and some of the history of Shanghai are included. Poetry was considered integral to
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