JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “China Blonde” by Nicole Webb
First, let’s get to know you a bit. Tell us something unique about yourself:
I used to be a television news reader in Sydney, Australia and in 2010, I gave it all away, when my hotelier husband, and I (plus bump) decided to do that thing called ‘carpe diem’ and move to Hong Kong, the City that Never Sleeps. We lived there for 4 years, at first surviving and then thriving before being called up to live in the middle of China in the second-tier city of Xi’an, home to 9 million people.
What is the Genre and Audience for this book?
China Blonde is a memoir of our 2.5-year journey living in China, which will appeal to anyone who’s ever stepped out of their comfort zone or simply loves an adventure. For those whoenjoy memoir, travel narrative and commentary on a contemporary culture with a good dose of humor, China Blonde is for you.
What was the inspired you to write this book?
As a journalist, I always knew I had a book in me. When we moved to China, I knew I had my book.
Boasting the world’s largest population and 2nd largest economy yet with a culture so very different to any I’d ever known, I knew I had to show the world what China’s people were really all about. I also wanted to share my journey which had us feeling like aliens on many occasions to finding our tribe and almost belonging in China’s ancient capital.
Tell us about your book:
“Having found true love late in life, Nicole would rather be anywhere with her hotelier husband, James, than without him, so two weeks after he flew out to Xi’an in North West China, Nicole and their three-year-old blondie, Ava cautiously followed suit.
It’s only a two-and-a-half-hour plane ride from Hong Kong to Xi’an, but the great divide between the Communist-led nation of China and its independent little sister is very real.
Culture shock hits them head on as they’re jostled off the plane into the alien-like airport. They’re the only blondes in a sea of locals and it feels like all eyes are on them, with everyone wondering why these fair-haired foreigners are so far from home.
But now this is their new home and they are about to begin life in a five-star hotel in China, the middle of a bustling tourist strip housing a 1300-year-old Pagoda and so much more. But somehow this pair of blondes become far more photographed than the famed Pagoda itself!”
After four years in Hong Kong, we thought we were ready for life in the Motherland, and jumped at the opportunity to move to Xi’an, in the very centre of China. How wrong we were! Nothing could have prepared us for the culture shock, not just of living in a city so different from our own, but not knowing anyone and having to somehow find our tribe where few people spoke our language, and many had never seen a Westerner.
CHINA BLONDE isn’t just another expat story about landing on foreign shores knowing not a single soul, it’s also about China, a country that is currently making news headlines around the globe on a daily basis.
An extremely timely memoir as we watch many countries questioning their future relationship with this superpower, most people only know China as a burgeoning economic power with a Communist party led government.
Isn’t it time we found out more about this nation set to become one of the world’s most formidable countries? Don’t we want to know more about these people who are currently the world’s major inbound tourists (and only 8 per cent hold a passport)? Just who are they, how do they think and what do they want?
China Blonde offers a very rare, personal and educated insight into the Middle Kingdom, a nation of kind and generous people who until recently have only lived to survive in a country of 1.4 billion.
‘Entertaining and a little educational, with just the right amount of humor to keep people, as one reader said, ‘Gobbling it up.’’ One reader says.
I hope readers walk away feeling emotional yet fulfilled, and while they’ve learned a lot about an amazing country, they will also have also learned a little bit about themselves.
Where can we purchase your book:
China Blonde can be purchased online from September 2020. Please visit my website and subscribe here for purchase details. http:///www.nicolewebbonline.com