I loved reading DeWoskin's two novels, and I also love memoirs, especially about being caught between two cultures, so I was jazzed to finally get around to Foreign Babes. Usually that's a set up for disappointment, but although I didn't find FB quite as dramatic as her fiction, I still read it with great interest.
DeWoskin heads to China after graduating from college, taking the one job that's offered to her--account executive in some sort of Sino-capitalist venture (forgive me if I didn't get that right). She doesn't love her work, anyway, but she does make a good friend there. She also moonlights as one of the foreign babes in a Chinese soap of the same name. She only seems to have one close American ex-pat friend. The rest of the time she's hanging out with and dating Chinese, and getting a hint of what life must be like for the locals. DeWoskin is honest about the cultural gaps and her inability to understand what's going on half the time, just as she's conscious of race and class issues, even if she transgresses them sometimes.
I bet a scholar could get a whole book out of DeWoskin's experience on the Foreign Babes TV show. The internet speaks of a movie based on the memoir, but not within the past couple of years. I can't imagine that anyone would do a good job with it, and not sensationalize and sex it up, but who knows?