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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meet the 2011 EYS Judges: Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of Big in China, to be released by Harper Collins in March 2011. It is a memoir of living in China as a male accompanying spouse, raising three American children in Beijing and the unlikely success of his Chinese blues band, Woodie Alan. The book explores many issues of central concern and interest to expat families, including: raising Third Culture Kids; the challenges and joys of being an accompanying spouse; and the difficulties of being part of a very transitory community.

Paul wrote "The Expat Life" column for from 2005, when he moved to China, until June 2009, shortly after he moved back to the United States. Paul's columns normalized the expat experience and earned a wide following. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists named him 2008 Columnist of the Year. He also reported from Beijing for NBC, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. Paul has been a senior writer for Slam magazine since 1999 and for Guitar World magazine since 1991. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, People,, Rolling, and many other publications and websites. He has contributed to The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Guide, The Insider's Guide to Beijing, and several other books. Alan, his wife Rebecca, and their three children reside in Maplewood, NJ.

You can learn more and hear Woodie Alan's music at Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlPaul

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