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Learning how to eat pig knuckles, deal with crying walls, board a “ding-ding,” and spar with a mischievous gecko… These are just some of the many adventures a small-town American woman faces upon moving to the international metropolis of Hong Kong. Little did she know what she was getting into when she accepted a job in one of the most vibrant and fast-paced cities in the world.


In So… This is Hong Kong, Angela French describes how everyday experiences become unexpected and comical challenges. How does one step into a double-decker bus while holding a twelve-count package of toilet paper without knocking down fellow passengers? Is it possible to ask a salesclerk about bed sheets using only charades? 


Despite the obstacles, Angela discovers how rich life can be when everything is new, and how cultures can redefine and shape us when we are immersed in a place outside our comfort zone. And how to adjust to life without ice in her drinks.

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​"I love living in Hong Kong. One look at my Western nose and green eyes and people around me instinctively make allowances for my blunders and gaffes. It’s okay for me to be stupid there."

Angela D. French lived in Hong Kong from 2005-2023, where she worked as music director in an international church. She grew up in a small town in central Texas (United States), where she spent most of her childhood reading, writing, making music, and speaking American English. 


Angela earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Texas), a Master of Music from Baylor University (Waco, Texas), and a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University).

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