It was valid, I spend a lot of time in China, in the Northeast and Shanghai and while China is changing so rapidly this book is relevant. The ocassional reference to the Phillies was quite good, seeing that the season is starting and I am in China.
The author because I could relate to his experiences and reflected a lot on how he handled certian situations versus how I handled similiar situations.
I loved the English names that some of the characters chose, so valid, and I have given advice on names without the same guilt that the author had - I guess it is easier being a scientist versus a Peace Corp Volunteir.
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