Mitch Moxley

Writer//Editor//Brooklyn NY

Published by Harper Perennial, July 2013

Published by Harper Perennial, July 2013

Mitch Moxley came to Beijing in the spring of 2007 to take a job as a writer and editor for China Daily, the country's only English-language national newspaper. The Chinese economy was booming, the Olympics were on the horizon, and Beijing was being transformed into a world-class city overnight. Moxley planned to stay only through the Olympics and then head back to Canada.

But that was six years ago. In that time, Moxley fed a goat to a lion, watched a lingerie-wearing bear ride a bicycle, and crisscrossed the country writing stories. He also appeared as one of Cosmopolitan's one hundred most eligible bachelors in China, acted in a state-funded Chinese movie, and was paid to pose as a fake businessman.

During Moxley's journey of self-exploration, his comic adventures and misadventures in China gave way to the creation of his alter ego—Mi Gao, or Tall Rice. A funny and honest look at expat life, Apologies to My Censor also depicts the ways a country can touch and inspire you.

An honest tale of living and working abroad in 21st century China. Moxley has a flare for creative non-fiction, with succinct dialogue, engaging narrative and, thankfully, very little earnestness.
— The Globe and Mail
In this witty memoir, Moxley recounts his coming-of-age years in the strange, gritty, and wonderful environment that is 21st century China. . . . A nostalgic travelogue.
— Publishers Weekly
This humorous memoir chronicles a man’s professional and personal emergence.
— Library Journal
Though [Moxley] infuses Apologies with much insight and color commentary as to the cultural divides between East and West, it’s his own interior development that makes his memoir a success.
— Shelf Awareness
Honest, amusing accounts of coping with censorship at China Daily and living the high life as an expat in Beijing.
— Winnipeg Free Press
Pages of missed opportunity.
— The Beijinger

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