At 22 Tony Brasunas had never left the US, but fascinated by China he embarked on a post-University year teaching English in a Chinese high school. The school year over he the travelled to Beijing to see the hand over of Hong Kong before venturing west to through China to Tibet and then south east back go Hong Kong and finally home to America.
He was not the same man when he returned. The year had seen him struggle to teach rowdy Chinese teenagers with an obsession for Hollywood films, fall in love three times, make new friends, and discuss politics in parks.
Part travelogue, part coming of age memoir, part poetry and politics, ‘Double Happiness’ is a fascinating insight not only in to one man’s personal growth in an alien environment but also the people, culture and traditions of China. It’s a land that’s much more diverse than propaganda, both Western and Chinese, would have the world believe.
We’ll believe the myths about the unknown cultures of the world until we’re presented with our common humanity. In writing ‘Double Happiness’ Tony Brasunas shows clearly that commonality.
A great read for travel lovers and those who would love to travel but can’t. Poetic, well written and interesting page-turner.
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