Reviewed: No Chopsticks Required

No Chopsticks RequiredNo Chopsticks Required by Katrina Beikoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book completely surprised me and left me a bit shocked. It is the account of the authors year in Shanghai and what she experienced.

I thought it was a great read to get an idea on life in China has a foreigner and the roadblocks that can get in the way. It made me really a bit scared of ever gong or living there. Everything is so strict and children appear to be treated like robots.

One disappointment was the author, I got more and more frustrated that she lived there a year and didn’t appear to try and pick up the language. Her kids (2 and 4) were needed to translate for her! I just feel like if you’re going to live in a country where you don’t speak the language you need to actually give it a try instead of complaining about the language barrier every 5 pages.

It could have been more interesting and I think it might have been if they were able to integrate with the locals more but overall it was quite an enjoyable read.

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