Tony Brasunas had never left the United States nor taught a class on anything when he arrived in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner’s grasp of the language. He was 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 fueled a hunger to understand China and drew him deeper and deeper into his new community. When the school year ended, a harder and sweeter journey began. With just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, he set off alone across the vastness of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to ancient Tibet in the west. His rugged path brought friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that transformed his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and love, suffering and happiness. Double Happiness is a bold and inspiring journey across China and through the soul of a young American.
Tony Brasunas grew up on a commune in West Virginia. He attended a public high school in Georgia and a small college in Massachusetts, then boarded a plane for the People's Republic of China. When he’s not writing, he’s working at a solar energy company, playing guitar, or traveling near and far with his wife.