Any foreigner who has spent time in China will enjoy this book. . . . [M]ost visitors to China, academics or otherwise, will recognize many of the experiences were ones they themselves had or could have had. Such encounters often had unsettling consequences, revealing that one’s assumptions about China or Chinese culture were often incorrect. . . . For older readers, much of this book will be a trip down memory lane. For younger readers it can serve as an introduction to the vagaries of research: how, despite one’s meticulous preparation, factors such as access, living conditions, politics, and much more shape one’s experience of China.