Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion

Kosher Chinese Living Teaching and Eating with China s Other Billion An irreverent tale of an American Jew serving in the Peace Corps in rural China which reveals the absurdities joys and pathos of a traditional society in fluxIn September of the Peace Corps s

  • Title: Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion
  • Author: Michael Levy
  • ISBN: 9780805091960
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • An irreverent tale of an American Jew serving in the Peace Corps in rural China, which reveals the absurdities, joys, and pathos of a traditional society in fluxIn September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China s heartland His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him resident expert on Judaism, romantic advisAn irreverent tale of an American Jew serving in the Peace Corps in rural China, which reveals the absurdities, joys, and pathos of a traditional society in fluxIn September of 2005, the Peace Corps sent Michael Levy to teach English in the heart of China s heartland His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him resident expert on Judaism, romantic adviser, and provincial basketball star, to name a few His account of overcoming vast cultural differences to befriend his students and fellow teachers is by turns poignant and laugh out loud funny.While reveling in the peculiarities of life in China s interior, the author also discovered that the other billion people living far from the coastal cities covered by the American media have a complex relationship with both their own traditions and the rapid changes of modernization Lagging behind in China s economic boom, they experience the darker side of capitalism with Chinese characteristics, daily facing the schizophrenia of conflicting ideologies.Kosher Chinese is an illuminating account of the lives of the residents of Guiyang, particularly the young people who will soon control the fate of the world.

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    1. I really enjoy travelogues about China, even though they all follow the same pattern: traveler doesn't know much about China, takes crash course in Chinese, lives in China, experiences the contact sport that is standing in line in China, says stupid things in Chinese because they get the tones wrong, feels like an outsider, pokes fun at the food, makes friends, makes witty remarks about globalization in China (usually while sitting in a KFC or Pizza Hut) falls in love with China, finally feels a [...]

    2. This book was not only extremely amusing, but it also, I think, gave me a look on what it's really like to live in China. Levy writes about China and the Chinese people, particularly its young people, with compassion and wit. And of course there's the typical travel stories of strange food -- he finally forced himself to eat dog but drew the line at fried millipedes -- and hilarious language mistakes. Levy got into a lot of strange situations in China -- I think the "Santa Claus and Silly String [...]

    3. With Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion, Peace Corps veteran Michael Levy has given us another addition to that ever-proliferating memoir genre, The-Crazy-Thing-I-Did-For-A-Year (or two). "Kosher Chinese" lives up to but fails to transcend the expectations for that genre -- scattered humorous anecdotes, occasional poignant insightful moments, and a few Big Questions (no great answers, but no one really has them anyway), embedded in a sea of mildly interesting [...]

    4. An interesting quick read. It's important to note that it's one person's experience in a specific city, but it's certainly not a perspective that I've been exposed to. I really appreciated that the book seemed well-balanced between the good and the sad. Mike Levy didn't try to overplay the poverty angle, or the creation of the middle class. I feel like I got to know the author and the people he got to know in China, rather than being exposed to characters or stereotypes.One lingering question I [...]

    5. Kosher Chinese is a memoir of a young man, Michael Levy, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in remote Guiyang, in Guizhou province, China.Except for a few weeks training, Levy knew little about his destination and even less about Chinese culture. Almost from the beginning, Levy comes face to face with the differences he’s been told about in his classes. You’ll find yourself, by turns, chuckling, shaking your head, even taking notes, and horrified. It is hard to tell who had more to teach, Le [...]

    6. I picked this book up from the library because I laughed out loud at several points in the short introduction. I laughed because I just spent two years as an expat in the "forgotten places" of China and Levy's introduction was pitch perfect in capturing the simultaneous gravity and hilarity of cross-cultural foibles. The rest of the book struggled to maintain its initial balance and freshness, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless, delivering a few truly hilarious anecdotes.This will be an en [...]

    7. A surprisingly fast read about a Peace Corps volunteer who travels to China for two years and about his experiences. It was a really enjoyable read, although it was not quite what I expected. I thought his religion might play a little more into the narrative, but it wasn't.Thankfully the author mostly steers clear from stereotypes and orientalism. Indeed, I think he did a pretty good job in showing what might seem pretty weird/oppressive/uncomfortable for Westerners, but was completely normal fo [...]

    8. I could understand if folks have a higher opinion of the book than I came away with, but I really wasn't able to identify with the author, being neither Jewish, nor a basketball fan, nor knowledgeable of the music to which he sometimes refers. The "Jewish angle" seemed little more than a marketing hook to me - he makes no dietary concession at all, presumably eating pork during his time there, though he does host a Friday "Shabbat night" for his Chinese students. Unlike in Hessler's book, we get [...]

    9. For some reason I thought this book would be more about food? Doesn't the title just scream that to you or is it just me? Anyway, it mostly wasn't. And that isn't a bad thing! A Dude in his mid 20's heads of China to be an English teacher in the far west, the poorer part of the country and just his experiences there. I don't know much about China and learned a lot while reading this book. The names that the kids give themselves are too funny but sort of hard to keep straight. I like that this bo [...]

    10. The author meets a wide range of people in this book: some confident in finding their place in the Chinese economy, some thoughtful, some initially guarded but then suddenly willing to express vulnerability. It is a complicated society, well caught by Levy. Sometimes the people's utterances were so ridiculous or stereotyped that I wondered whether Levy had invented them, but an air of truth surrounds the book. China has no economic need for Peace Corps volunteers (because the government could pa [...]

    11. This book isn't out yet -- I got an advanced reader's copy from my mom, who's in publishing -- but when it comes out you should read it! It's a fascinating, often hilarious story about the author's time living in rural China while working for Peace Corps. The title is misleading: Levy doesn't even try to keep kosher in China (although he is initially resistent to eating millipedes and dog meat). There are some amusing exchanges about food, though (which I won't give away), and lots of interestin [...]

    12. The author tells of his experiences as a Peace Corp volunteer while teaching English in rural China. It is a humorous, serious and sometimes sad depiction of how minorities of China work, live, eat and think about their lives, and the rest of the world. The Chinese Way of teaching, controlling and guiding their citizens was fascinating as well as disturbing. The Chinese perceptions of education, religion, the US, capitalism, and race is so skewed it is comically sad. He has a irritating habit of [...]

    13. Just ok. I was really hoping for some deeper insights into Levy's experiences in China, especially contrasting his Jewish culture with the Chinese culture, but overall it was "teaching in China lite". I read it quickly and haven't really thought of it since, although I will warn you there are a couple scenes of animal cruelty by Chinese nationals that were hard to read. The fact that Levy reported these scenes but didn't really comment on them was just another instance of the overview/lite appro [...]

    14. This is basically "what I did on my summer vacation" but it was entertaining and somewhat informative. While there are inevitable "squat toilets are gross" passages, there are also interesting insights. And even though the author clearly enjoyed becoming a popular guy on his trip, his writing is self-deprecating enough that he doesn't come off as too much of a dick. So if you want an easy read that also might teach you something new about china, this is it. I wouldn't buy it again, though. This [...]

    15. I read this book as a recommendation from a friend. At first I was a bit disappointed, mainly because I run a bakery and was expecting a cookbook with some sort of Chinese kosher challah recipes. Nevertheless, soon the book became interesting as the narrative story was easy and just flowing through the pages. Some of my colleagues at Zomick's Kosher Bakery also read it and all of them liked it pretty much. - Zomick's

    16. Interesting. I feel like I know a lot more about Chinese culture now. It's very well-written although I think some things should have been taken out because they were never resolved (and most likely never were in real life) and so didn't add anything to the book.

    17. A funny, informative well written account of a Jewish Peace Corps volunteer in interior China. A fun read; sometimes disturbing due to the Chinese inhumane treatment of animals, especially dogs but very insightful observations on the politics of Chinese networking.

    18. “In September 2005, the Peace Corps sent Mike Levy to teach English in China’s heartland. His hosts in the city of Guiyang found additional uses for him…”Those couple of sentences on the back of Michael Levy’s Kosher Chinese: Living Teaching, and Eating with China’s Other Billion were enough to make me feel that despite its Rp 175.000 price tag, this book was going to be worth all of it. I didn’t even think twice. There were two copies on the shelf; I decided on the one with less c [...]

    19. Bagel-less in GuiyangWell, you know I'm a Jewish guy from the east coast of the USA and I graduated from Cornell University too, then joined the Peace Corps, so it's gotta be true that Michael Levy and I have more than one thing in common ! When a student of mine suggested I read this book, I agreed, though I'm not into that many memoirs to tell the truth. But there was one big difference between Michael and me. Like 41 years. I went to India with the Peace Corps in 1964. The Gulf of Tonkin inci [...]

    20. White guy teacher goes to China and gets stared at a lot. White guy being Jewish adds little, if anything, to the story. White guy's teaching style is what his Chinese students were missing all along. I think I saw the movie, only it starred Michelle Pfeiffer and had Black students. But really though, I enjoyed the book.

    21. I really only skimmed this one looking for gems and not finding many. If you don't know too much about modern China, you might like it, but I only found it so-so.

    22. Kosher Chinese is Michael Levy's memoir about his two years as Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in rural, central China. This is truly a wonderful, humorous, warm, and deeply insightful read (and also completely appropriate for a Jewish person to read around Christmastime Levy even mentions the Jewish tradition of eating at Chinese restaurants on Christmas somewhere in the book). The book provides readers with a glimpse of what life is like outside of Beijing and Shanghai, the areas of Chi [...]

    23. I'd like to join the Peace Corps someday. And I had thought that if I did, I would very much like to serve in China. So this was a good book for me to read, as it brought about some things about volunteering in China that I would never have thought about. Plus, the author is just downright funny.Michael Levy decides to join the peace corps and is shipped off to China where he is to be a language teacher. There, he faces each day with students who are eager to learn, but not in a way he is accust [...]

    24. Michael Levy is a huge nerd. I just had to get that out of the way. Don't get me wrong here, I identified with him very easily because I've always had friends just like him. But he's still a huge They-Might-Be-Giants-lovin’ nerd. Anyway, in Kosher Chinese, Levy recounts his experience as a Peace Corp volunteer in rural China with the "other billion." He does a good job of mixing up the insightful with the funny and fish out of water moments.At times he had me laughing out loud. His students Pu [...]

    25. "I held the ball and took a deep breath. The trip to the game had included a teammate crapping in a bag; my cheering section included a girl from a tiny village forced to go to work at age twelve; my team nickname was Friendship Jew. But the hoop was still ten feet high. A rebound was still a rebound. As long as I was allowed to play the game, the differences surrounding it faded away."Kosher Chinese is the Peace Corps memoir of 29-year-old Michael "Mike" Levy, detailing his two years in Guiyang [...]

    26. The author encountered all sorts of people in China. Most people were genuinely curious about the author's background as a Jewish American Peace Corps volunteer. They were friendly and they bonded well with the author. There was a student who helped the author out when the author was "humiliated" at McDonald's. However, the author witnessed instances of animal abuse and racism too. For example, some Han people (majority ethnic group) dismissed Buyi people (minority ethnic group) as barbaric and [...]

    27. I recently returned from my first visit to China. For many reasons, I'll be going back frequently, and with a great deal of excitement as the country left a very positive impression on me. Shortly after I got back, I stumbled upon Michael Levy's tale of his Chinese experience and had to read it.It's tempting to write one's exploits in strange lands down, hoping to luck into that rare story that combines fascination with humor, insight, and marketability. I dare say that at least half of those wh [...]

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