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Unsavory Elements
Unsavory Elements

Unsavory Elements

Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China

Edited by Tom Carter


304 Pages, 5.75 x 8.25

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: July 2013

ISBN 9789881616401

Rights: WOR X UK, EUR & CN

Earnshaw Books (Jul 2013)

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Featuring entirely original writings written exclusively for this work, this anthology is filled with 28 essays from foreigners who live or have lived in China for a significant period of time. The book contains beautiful and enlightening stories about China from such noteworthy writers as Simon Winchester, Peter Hessler, Susan Conley, and Alan Paul, among others. Through their personal stories, they illustrate the many sides of Chinese life—the weird, the fascinating, and the appalling—and share what it’s like to live, learn, and love as an outsider in a land unlike any other in the world.


“By turns funny, scary and insightful—every foreigner in China has a story, these are some of the best. Here we have the laowai experience in China in all its multifarious permutations. From the dedicated insiders to the seriously lost; from those who have sought to deep-dive China to those who’ve suffered glancing, but eye-opening, blows.”  —Paul French, author, Midnight in Peking

“These essays have heart. From Urumqi to Shanghai, these foreign devils just can’t help but smile at what China has taught them.”  —Global Times

Author Biography

Tom Carter is a travel writer and photojournalist and the author of China: Portrait of a People.