Author Event - "How Was China?" with Dodie Johnston

We're happy to welcome Dodie Johnston for a reading, discussion and signing of her unique and inspiring memoir, How Was China? on Friday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Feeling bored and counting her losses, Dodie is eager for a new kind of adventure as she enters her 7th decade. When she answers a ad inviting people to teach English in China, she finds the adventure she sought and much, much more. Dodie discovers that her destination, Hwa Nan College for Women, has been resurrected from the ashes of two revolutions by a handful of elderly Chinese matriarchs in hopes of preparing capable young women for vocations in the new China. The “Old Ladies” are feisty, determined and running the school on a shoestring. Her young adult students are idealistic and naive…full of dreams for their families and optimistic about their futures. Who are these girls and what are their stories? And how does Dodie, a retired school psychologist with no ESL training, muddle through a decade of teaching them English only to discover that she has been a student herself?

How Was China? answers these questions with intelligence, humor and honesty. The book weaves together tales of travel, social commentary, personal stories of Chinese women and the author’s observations as she explores her home in this very foreign land. Dodie returns again and again through the first decade of the 21st century watching her students blossom into graduates, workers, wives and mothers…journeys that illustrate the amazing turns and twists of Chinese life.

About the author:

Before teaching English in China, Dodie worked as a Licensed Educational Psychologist in California public schools. Summer vacations sometimes found her guiding whitewater trips on California rivers, spending time camping in the Pacific Northwest, or indulging in her yen for overseas travel. She has written newspaper and magazine articles wherever she has lived as well as endless psycho-educational reports. The enthusiastic reception of letters to family and friends at home ignited a spark of ambition…her first book How Was China? is the result.

Event date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
How Was China?: Views and Vignettes from a Chinese Women's College Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523337521
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 23rd, 2016