Tony Brasunas

February 3, 2011

When PiA sent Tony Brasunas to teach English in a high school in Guangzhou, China, he had never left the United States, nor taught a class on anything. His ensuing year involved getting through to twelve classes of high schoolers and then backpacking alone across the Middle Kingdom, and the time broke him open as a person and planted a China seed deep inside him. "Somewhere between thinking I was going to die when I was nearly unconscious in a hospital basement and thinking I was going to die when I was hitchhiking in a Tibetan monsoon, my heart opened, and my inner caterpillar sprouted wings and fluttered like a butterfly." Upon his return, he realized the magnitude of what had happened: He was forever and indelibly changed. He began to write it down, and his forthcoming book, Double Happiness: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China, is something of an Eat, Pray, Love for those just out of college or living as if they were. There's also a bit of the passionate maverick from Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, he says. "But I don't actually quite die in the end." The book recounts both teaching and traveling. He credits the PiA spirit in particular, as well as the vast land of China itself, for the discoveries, connections, and insights, which "inspire every word and letter of the book." He's now ensconced in San Francisco proofreading the manuscript, working with an illustrator on hand-drawn maps, sending out queries to literary agents, and fantasizing about another return to China. "For the food, the beauty of the hinterlands, the openness of the people..." Email: tonybrasunas@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Blog:

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