Home Is A Roof Over A Pig: An American Family's Journey In China

July 5, 2012|
Home Is A Roof Over A Pig: An American Family's Journey In China by Aminta Arrington
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When all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn''t go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too. Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy, and complex language. She is also determined that her daughter Grace, born in China, regain some of the culture she lost when the Arringtons brought her to America as a baby.

In the university town of Tai''an, a small city where pigs'' hooves are available at the local supermarket, donkeys share the road with cars, and the warm-hearted locals welcome this strange looking foreign family, the Arringtons settle in . . . but not at first. Aminta teaches at the university, not realizing she is countering the propaganda the students had memorized for years. Her creative, independent (and loud) American children chafe in their classrooms, the first rung in society''s effort to ensure conformity. The family is bewildered by the seemingly endless cultural differences they face, but they find their way. With humor and unexpectedly moving moments, Aminta''s story is appealingly reminiscent of Reading Lolita in Tehran. It will rivet anyone who is thinking of adopting a child, or anyone who is already familiar with the experience. An everywoman with courage and acute cultural perspective, Aminta recounts this transformative quest with a freshness that will delight anyone looking for an original, accessible point of view on the new China.
Aminta Arrington has an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of advanced International Studies and studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. She has written about China for The Seattle Times, and she edited the anthology Saving Grandmother''s Face: and Other Tales from Christian Teachers in China. Arrington...
Title:Home Is A Roof Over A Pig: An American Family's Journey In ChinaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9.27 X 6.28 X 1.08 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 9.27 X 6.28 X 1.08 inPublished:5 juillet 2012Publisher:Overlook PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590208994

ISBN - 13:9781590208991

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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