Welcome to my website!!!!! At the moment it's mainly plugging my debut book, "Chicken Same Duck Talk - Diary of an Australian Teacher in China", a hot new memoir that gives cultural differences hilarious new perspectives.
Thinking of teaching in China?
I wasn’t either!
Regardless, not only did life take me there, but also my expected one-year teaching stint turned into a nearly decade-long stay, for reasons which all lie within these pages.
Whether you’re planning to teach, do business with, make friends with or marry a Chinese person, this book gives useful insights into their language, culture, cities, customs, food, education system and business practices. Why? Because I knew NOTHING about them before going – therefore, you learn it all with me, as I did, discovery by discovery.
Thirteen years in the making, and very personally written, this is an average Australian’s reaction to street-level life in contemporary China – the good and the bad, the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful, the euphoric and the what-the-hell-was-that, all laced with a somewhat absurdist sense of humour.
Oh, and what does "Chicken Same Duck Talk" mean? It's from a Chinese expression about miscommunication, ji tong ya jiang (鸡同鸭讲), meaning "I might as well be a chicken talking to a duck"...however, it literally translates as "Chicken Same Duck Talk". It's a wonderful, and wonderfully appropriate, bit of Chiglish.
" Asheg's romp through China as a stunned yet charmed English teacher jangles the senses and seduces the palate. The
often blind-sided adventures of this Australian outsider
poet and publisher in almighty China make funny and fascinating reading"
"Funny and self-critical, this autobiographical tale made me laugh, cry and learn. Relevant to unfolding political questions, Brom's insights are invaluable for readers who have not set foot in China yet wish to better understand the complexities of international relations in contemporary times…it is a gorgeous new work of life-writing regarding an almost-decade of love, death, growth, pain, discovery and the many mad things we humans do. As such, it offers an exciting contribution to the emerging field of autofiction in English"
- Dr Amelia Walker, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of South Australia (read full review here)
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