David Pur­nell

That's China - - Er Wai Prologue 二外序曲 -

was born in 1952 in John­stown, Penn­syl­va­nia, "atop the Al­legheny Moun­tains," and has been con­fused about most things ever since, ex­cept for the burn­ing de­sire to get as far away as pos­si­ble. Af­ter a year at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh, he dropped out and took a ship to Tai­wan, where he first started teach­ing English and was bit­ten by the "China bug." He has spent the best part of his ca­reer bring­ing Chi­nese stu­dents to the U.S. and Amer­i­can stu­dents to China, and is now Dean of Lib­eral Arts at Wen­zhou-Kean Univer­sity. A lin­guist and a man of cos­mic hu­mor, he is one of the wit­nesses of China's stormy 1970s-80s. Fol­low us on that­s_China @WeChat for more of his China ad­ven­tures.

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