Author: Hope Solomon Young
The Foreigners Are in 709 is a humorous look at an American couple who embed themselves in an ancient Chinese section of Beijing on a tourist visa with their two adopted Chinese daughters. They set up a household, enroll their daughters in a Chinese public school, work odd jobs, and unexpectedly travel Asia every sixty days for a year (to satisfy visa requirements). The mishaps that arise from cultural and language differences make for beach read pleasure. And if you need to justify this, know you will also be learning about the culture and people in China today.