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Meanwhile Don’t Push and Squeeze

A recent trip overseas gave me lots of time on trains, planes and waiting for said transport. As a result I read quite a few books.

Meanwhile Don’t Push and Squeeze is the autobiographical account of the year that South African Robert Berold spent in China teaching English.

It is excellently written and very pleasant to read.  The book reveals some fascinating aspects of a very different culture, more so because it is written by a South African.

The picture painted of life in China is complex, with a great optimism (especially amongst the youth), but also a sadness for cultural practices lost to merciless development. Everywhere there is a zealous work-ethic.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in different cultures, especially those of the Far East.

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