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An American Family In China With Aminta Arrington

Rachel Solomon
08/23/2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Aminta Arrington moved with her family from an army post in Georgia to a small town in China six years ago. She hoped to understand the culture and the country and for her young daughter, adopted from China, to understand it too.

Tai'an was a shock at first — a place where supermarkets sell pigs' hooves and donkeys share the road with cars — but eventually, Arrington's family began to feel welcome.

In this talk, given at the Elliott Bay Book Company on August 5, 2012, Arrington chronicles her experience living abroad and her attempts to find the "real China."


Aminta Arrington is a journalist and the author of "Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China." She lives and teaches in Beijing.

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