NEW EPISODE OUT! A YEAR IN CHINA IN 1985!
“IT WAS LIKE LANDING ON THE MOON!”
Alison Jean Lester
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The name of the podcast episode is: EPISODE 28: A YEAR IN CHINA IN 1985 and you can listen to the full episode here:
I LOVE CHINA! I have travelled the length and breadth of it many times over since 1992, so it was a delight to speak to the writer, Alison Jean Lester, about her year in China during 1985.
As a teenager, Alison studied kung-fu at high school in a small town on the coast of Massachusetts. At age 16, she was a champion. Studying kung-fu gave her a tiny window on East Asia, and although she went to university in Indiana to study music, she took a Mandarin class to see what it was like. It grabbed her by the heart, and she changed her major. In August of 1985, and at the tender age of 19, she flew to Beijing to spend a year at Peking University and travel around the country.
Pre-Tiananmen and seeing a side of China few foreigners have experienced, Alison discusses with me how she adapted to the Chinese way of life, the challenges, and the extraordinary encounters she had with its people and the state, including a trip into Tibet.
Alison also discusses her latest novel, The Sound of It (available at https://www.benchpressbooks.com).
Alison Jean Lester is the author of the novels Lillian on Life, Yuki Means Happiness and Glide; the memoir Absolutely Delicious: A Chronicle of Extraordinary Dying; and the short story collection Locked Out: Stories Far from Home. Her new novel, The Sound of It, came out in December 2022. Born in the US, she was educated in the US, the UK, China and Italy, and has subsequently lived in Taiwan, Japan and Singapore. She is now in England.
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