Interview with Shannon Young on Her Memoir "Year of Fire Dragons" | Speaking of China

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  1. marghini
    marghini July 17, 2015 at 9:20 am | | Reply

    I really loved this book. I strongly recommend it both because of Shannon’s personal story and as a window on what life as an expat in Hong Kong is.

    The wedding dress purchase was a bold move! Shannon is more of an iron lady than she thinks in my opinion 😉

  2. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary July 17, 2015 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    This is one of the books on my long list of books to read, but time isn’t plenty these days as I am in the final stages of completing my own memoir, so I will have to wait to read it.

    I find it fascinating to read about the stories and circumstances surrounding other’s big leaps of faith. The reasons that brought Shannon to HK are very different to the reasons why I moved to Taiwan. But we both took a chance on living in Asia by ourselves and I can totally relate to that.

    Buying a wedding dress was a very gutsy move and it is so awesome that it was the one she wore on your wedding day!!

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary July 17, 2015 at 9:50 am | | Reply

      *her wedding day

  3. R Zhao
    R Zhao July 17, 2015 at 11:32 am | | Reply

    I was really impressed with Shannon’s memoir. I love memoirs, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Shannon is still quite young and was in her early 20’s at the time she writes of so I didn’t know how much depth there would be in her writing or upon her reflection of the experience. I guess that was pretty ageist of me!

    She writes beautifully and was able to capture her own transformation well. She brought both her own circumstances and the city of Hong Kong alive.

    Anyways, I would definitely recommend reading it if you are at all interested in cross-culturally dating, long distance relationships, or living abroad. It isn’t a huge time commitment. I read it in about a day because I was immediately “into” it.

  4. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason July 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm | | Reply

    I also loved Shannon’s memoir and recommend it to everyone! The letters from her grandmother added a special touch to her already thrilling story.

  5. Autumn
    Autumn July 18, 2015 at 4:53 am | | Reply

    Nice interview. I am looking forward to reading the book. Some day. (Like Constance, my “to read” stack is quite tall).

    The optimism of youth is often dismissed or ridiculed, especially by an older audience. But I say, “Go, you crazy kids! Buy that dress, and ignore those negative old people in their recliners watching Fox News.” 🙂

  6. fred
    fred August 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm | | Reply

    I just bought Shannon Y0ung’s book and will read it soon.

  7. Maura walsh
    Maura walsh March 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm | | Reply

    ????????????????????????????loved it! Inspired me to teach “somewhere else” after 24 in Chicago Public Schools. Thanks Shannon. I felt like I was there with you. To bad you didn’t give us readers a photograph on your wedding day! I would love to see the dress you picked an to see mysterious Ben, of course.

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