Eyes to the East tells of the enjoyable yet naïve life that expat teachers experience within a Chinese city, and the bonds that exist between them and the local community.
When Charlie, a recent UK university graduate, arrives in Hangzhou he is excited by a world of new experiences. He is, however, unprepared for the racism, sexism and inequality he encounters and which the country’s propaganda denies. Nor is he impressed by some of his fellow expats. Charlie sees elements of himself reflected in his new, more seasoned flatmate, Kevin, and is worried by what he could become. No matter how many opportunities some people are given to start afresh, they do not always change for the better.
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