Brash, funny and insightful, Apolitical Romance opens with A-Zheng, a young. slacker-ish bureaucrat at Taiwanese civil affairs. Charged with producing a manual on Taiwanese-Chinese cross cultural etiquette, he quickly finds himself in over his head—he hasn’t the slightest idea of mainland Chinese customs. Expecting a demotion, A-Zheng does what any man in his position would do: he takes a long lunch. With hope waning, A-Zheng meets Chin Lang, a hip young woman from Beijing whom he quickly charms into helping write his manual. In return, A-Zheng promises to use his connections to help Chin Lang to find her grandmother's lost lover—a mission she has earned through losing a bet—and their uneasy partnership gives way to a series of errors and surprises.