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Tony Brasunas had never left the United States nor taught a class on anything when he arrives in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language. He is thrown in front of thirty-seven awestruck ninth graders. Trial and error in the classroom, trickery and generosity in the street markets, and conversations over mouth-watering rabbit with new friends fuel his hunger to understand China and draw him deeper and deeper into his new community. When the school year ends, a harder and sweeter journey begins. With just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, he sets off alone across the vastness of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to the edge of ancient Tibet in the west. His rugged path brings friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that transform his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and love, suffering and happiness. A journey across China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness is both travel writing at its very finest and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in the era of globalization.