Chenxi and the Foreigner

By Rippin, Sally

Publishers Summary:
Love in the time of the Tiananmen Square. Anna never imagined living in such a foreign place. Fresh out of high school, she has joined her father, who works in Shanghai. She's eager to see China beyond the bicycle-crowded streets between their apartment, her father's expatriate community and the art school she's attending. That's why she's thrilled when her father hires a cute local -- a fellow student named Chenxi -- to be her translator and guide. Too bad Anna seems nothing but trouble for Chenxi. His ideas about art already rankle the authorities, and he could do without the added attention of being with a wai guo ren -- a foreigner. Even so, he is intrigued by Anna's brashness and the freedoms she takes for granted. But when Anna turns their friendship toward passion, her actions have consequences that are intensified by a watchful regime looking to get rid of disruptive artists. Set around the time of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and inspired by the author's time spent in China as a teenager, Chenxi and the Foreigner crackles with emotion, ideas and authenticity.

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ISBN
978-1-55451-172-3
Publisher
Annick Press


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

Gr 9-Up In April 1989, Anna leaves Australia for Shanghai to study painting before starting college. While she grapples with cultural contrasts and her fathers exclusive expat lifestyle, it is her student translator and guide, Chenxi, who draws most of her attention. As Anna strives to grow closer to him, she inadvertently brings him, his subversive art, and their relationship to the attention of the oppressive government. Chenxi marvels at the luxu...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Anna goes to China in 1989 to study art. After falling in love with Chenxi, she gets involved with a group of activist ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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