Skip to content. The soap opera, "Foreign Babes in Beijing" was one of China's most popular TV shows in the s, with an audience of million viewers. She's written about her experiences as a soap opera character and as a real-life American living in China in a book, also called "Foreign Babes in Beijing. She played one of the two "foreign babes," American students in Beijing. Her character was the bad girl who falls in love with a married, Chinese man.
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When dyed-in-the wool Sinophile DeWoskin graduated from Columbia University, she headed to China and took a job in public relations. The author lived in Beijing for the last half of the s, when China was changing. As evidenced by her hit show which sounds like a combination of Friends and Dynasty , Western culture was encroaching. Both on the TV show and off, the Chinese all around DeWoskin wrestled with the institutions of daily life. Should marriage be based on love, or to please the family and the state? Should people dress in traditional garb, or opt for Timberlands and Levis?
Foreign Babes in Beijing
The memoir details the author's personal experiences in Beijing from through , during which time she lived in Beijing and watched the city grow and change as China modernized its economy. One pair features Rachel playing Jiexi, a seductress who lures away her married counterpart, Li Tianming; and the other features a more demure and traditional exchange student who falls in love with, and marries, Li Tianming's younger brother. Foreign Babes in Beijing was something of a cultural phenomenon in China, with a viewership of million.
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