Chinese Gweilo

By on April 28, 2016
Gweilo in the Diaolou Chinese Edition

Gweilo in the Diaolou Chinese Edition

The book, “Gweilo in the Diaolou” has now been translated into Chinese. I don’t think too many of my Aussie friends will be able to read it, but it’s hopefully going to go down well with family and friends in China.

It’s the same tale as the English version, the same “Aussie fish out of water” experience as I trudge up muddy mountainsides and bounce from one lazy Susan to another as I explore regional China, taking in Kaiping and the Diaolou. However it is currently…

Banned in China

Yes, it is not legally available in China, without having gone through the government censors. This may take a while…

It was translated by my good friend, Jean Du. It says that somewhere on the cover and in the notes inside, but I can’t read it. In fact, I’ve released a book where the only thing I understand is my name!

For more information about the English version, and where to obtain it, please visit the Gweilo in the Diaolou page. To find out more about the Chinese version and where it can be purchased, please visit my website, Kovac Publishing.

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    February 13, 2017

    Bit late to the game here, but it is SO cool that you’ve published a book in Chinese. Kind of funny that you can’t read your own book, but still so awesome. How is the process of getting it through the censors going?

    • Rob Harvey

      Rob Harvey

      February 24, 2017

      Yes Mike, it feels really weird that I can’t read it myself! Censorship process… very slow…



I quit my marketing job 20 years ago to become a writer, only I ended up writing html instead of words. Now I'm just writing words. I have a passion for China, through my partner Shuk, a passion for cooking and a passion for history. Oh, and a keen eye for the absurd! Have some fun on these pages and I look forward to your feedback. Rob.

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