22 Sep 2008 Prof.
S. S. The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina First of all, let me tell
you how much my wife and I enjoy reading your guide to Amoy, Magic
Xiamen. My wife found it at the last minute as we were leaving
Xiamen on our way to Guangzhou. On the bus to the airport she gave me
the book and asked if I thought the author was serious or not. After reading
just a few lines, I realized this was one of the funniest, tongue-in-cheek,
accounts I¡¯d ever read. I spent the entire flight from Xiamen to Guangzhou
07 July 2001, Dorothy A. Dear
Dr. Bill, You have shattered my husbands peaceful
retirement. Even before I reached Gulangyu and before I found the
round houses and long before I found Amoy
Magic, I knew I had found a special place. Am still working
on my husband who is not enthusiastic about that looooong flight. Amoy
Magic. Congratulations! That's the best guide to a town I've
seen. Appreciated your "Lords of Opium" essay.
23 Feb 2000, Cindy W. (IKEA Corporation), “I know of Magic
Xiamen from one of my Laowai colleague, and gladly have chance
to read it. It's very useful guide not only for
foreigners but also for Xiamenese like me. It gives me more information
.Do you know that I even didn't know how the Mooncake Gambling was invented
until l Magic
14 Mar. 2003, James and Norma M. (Washington), “Your
book brings extraordinary excitement to our minds and spirits….
We study your uniquely Chinese graphics, and "travel" about
Xiamen; we discuss the universe in which you live; each time,
I have a hankering to book flight and experience Xiamen, the University,
Jan. 16, 2003 Anna S.(Singapore) “Can’t wait for your new
Feb. 24, 2003, Prof. K. A.
R., Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, Graduate School of Oceanography,
University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI 02882-1197, USA
“I got Magic
Xiamen while in Xiamen and read it from cover to cover.
Nice to meet the guy behind the book. I appreciated your sense of humor.” Back to Top
23 April 2001, Yu B. Dear
Sir, I just recently pass through Xiamen and thanks
Xiamen, my visit to the city was all the more memorable.
Despite Xiamen's potential as a tourist destination, the city suffers
a lack of tourist publications. Nothing to tell us where to go, what to
do, where to eat, I couldn't even find a single postcard of the city!
(Friends later help me buy some Xiamen University postcards.)
31 March 2000, Martin R. (German), “Hello Dr. Brown, I'm Martin,
a German who lives now since 1 1/2 years in Xiamen and I like it so much.
its one of the best cities in china. I was living in Beijing, Shanghai
and Hong Kong and Xiamen is the best. Today I finally
bought your book and from the first look into it, i have to say, ITS JUST
GREAT. I thought, that I know xiamen quite well, but in this book
is so much information inside, which i didn't know. This weekend I have
to read the book and then I have to check out everything.”
01 August 2000, Dave H. “write to tell you
that yesterday I was given your AMOY
MAGIC by someone from Utica, NY, who taught at XiaDa last
semester, and last night I read it from cover to cover. I had your
earlier, shorter pamphlet version when I came to China. Wish you were
older--or I was younger--and this book had been available when I was there.
Just your summary of where the bus lines go is worth the price! …Well,
enough of this. Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed AMOY MAGIC--and
what a wonderful thing it is for those like me who come to China. Dave”
11 July 2001, Nellie C. Sales Manager, Holiday Inn, Dear Dr.
Bill Brown, I saw your book 'Amoy
Magic" blue trial volume some years ago but I didn't
take time to read. Last weekend, my cousin Zhang
Li asked me to check the page 55 about an article you wrote about him
during Culture Revoluation Period, I bought the 2001 version in the book
can't put it down till it is all been finished. As
a Sales Manager in Holiday Inn Xiamen, my job need to take care the expatriates
who long stay in hotel, it is the first time I feel how helpful is your
guide book to those experatries. You really have done a lot for Xiamen.
10 Sep. 2001, Michelle, DELL, Hey, Bill, I got the
book, took a quick look through, to be honest, you are more Xiamenese
than most of local people. You know more culture and history than
local. It is a good guide and full of fun. You are a genius.
3 Mar, 2003 Dr. Jack W. (Psychologist,
California), “I can see how the local people must appreciate your
putting their community on the map! Has there been an increase in tourists
02 April 2003, David R. (Xiamen),
“bought your book Amoy Magic shortly after I arrived in Xiamen about
six months ago…I just wanted to say I appreciated Magic
Xiamen and it helped me discover a little bit of Fujian Province.”
27 Jan 2000, Ma J. (Chinese in Xiamen), “After reading "Amoy
Magic" tonight, I surprised found it to be a great help
to my work. You came up with many useful comments on various Xiamen places.”
18 Feb 2000, Joy J. (Kodak, Xiamen), “For the past several days
I went through an interesting book of introduction Xiamen to the outside
Xiamen…It's a nice book, it gives vivid description
and detailed information of Xiamen and the around area ---at almost each
aspect ---location, geography, history, culture, local customs and festivals,
food, shopping , sight-seeing, ...
What grabs me is not only the kaleidoscope of the introduction of Xiamen,
but also the sense of humor it gives off. And the pictures from your hand
are lovely, fresh, humorous, just like your words. In general, it's a
good mixture of knowledge and fun…it looks that your book is very
popular among Kodak's Laowai.”
07 Mar 2000, Hugh B. (Businessman
in Xiamen), "Amoy
Magic" is a really good book for foreigners who want
to come/stay in Xiamen. Also a wonderful book for our Chinese, especially
researcher/ students who want to study Xiamen from a foreigner's eyesight.
At the end,I still want to praise the book you wrote. In many aspects,
it is supposed to be NO.1 among books of Guide to Xiamen, and more. It
is distinct that you had spent a lot of time & done a lot of work
to investigate, study, deep into the local people. I could not imagine
all the toil.”
26 July 2000, Tracy M. “Dr.
Bill Brown, I came across your book by accident several weeks ago. A local
man gave (he could not read english) me a copy. I really enjoyed it. Where
can I purchase extra copies?
I have lived and worked in numerous areas of China the past ten years.
I left Beijing in 1997 and arrived in Xiamen, like yourself I fell in
love with Xiamen and I now call it my home. I rate it as one of the best
cities in China.” Back to Top
17 Feb. 2000, Jonathan R. (Middle East), “Last week your book, Amoy
Magic, was shown to me by some mutual friends. I was catching
a ride up to Fuzhou and enjoyed reading through the whole trip. Afterwards
I mentioned this great little book to a few friends who work up there.
We would all like to get some copies. How much are they?”
17 Oct. 2001 Agnes (Kodak),
“I've read the book of Amoy
Magic. It's very good and I learn much from it. I also heard
from Ms. Lee that you would write a book about Fujian. I hope you will
have a success too!”
08 Nov 2001 Pistachio, “Good Morning, Bill, I'm so excited to read
your Book Amoy
Magic given by my friend... I just browse several pages of
your book, haven't finish your book yet, But I believe It will be very
helpful to me and also to my American friends. I can't wait to E-mail
you. I know I have to E-mail you right away, letting you know me.”
19 April 2001, Cindy F. (U.S.) Ni Hao Dr. Brown, By way of introduction,
my name is Cindy Friend and I am a fellow Laowai (from Towanda, KS) who
will be staying in Xiamen for the next 5 1/2 months. I am here with my
husband John who is on assignment at Taeco (for Boeing) to modify a couple
of airplanes… John and I have read and enjoyed your book and are
looking forward to experiencing the magic of Amoy….Since I am not
working I will have more time to experience "Amoy
Magic!" I look forward to hearing from you, Dr. Brown.
26 May 2001, Jenelle L. Nevada
City, California, I was loaned a copy of your Magic
Xiamen and find it delightful. I'm currently teaching reading
and writing English in Fuzhou at Wha Nan Women's College with plans to
return to my home in CA in June.
05 July 2001 Dane W. Tacoma, Washington, USA, Dear "Beer", I
have read your book of "Magic
Xiamen" which I truly enjoyed variety of useful information
(as a Chinese) and your great sense of huuumoorr. I believe you have done
an excellent job in providing the culture difference which will help me
a great deal to deal with my American friends here (just kidding.)
I have shared the experience of meeting and knowing you with my family,
my wife and two boys. They are all looking forward to meeting with your
family sometime in the near future (not for friendship but for a free
ride of your spacious Toy Ota. Thanks for the book. I look forward to
read your next book, perhaps entitled 'Mathic Xiatle' or sort.
06 Sep. 2001, Max B. Dear Dr Brown, Your book, Amoy
Magic, has made my first few days here in Xiamen much more
comfortable than they would have been without it.
I’ve come to teach English Writing and British and American culture
at Jimei University. This is my second year teaching in China. I live,
here, in a hotel which serves a buffet lunch for 5 Yuan, which is just
fine. At dinner I am confronted with a large Chinese menu with the instructions,
order anything you want.¡± Fat chance. But Amoy
Magic saved me from starvation -- all 250 pounds of me. I
sit down with the helpful waitress and we pore over pages 178 to 187.
She previously marked with a check the dishes they offer. I¡¯m
making my way through them marking them with stars to remind me which
ones I like.
Many thanks for the contribution your little book has made to my acculturation
here in Amoy.
10 Sep. 2001, Richard H. Washington,
D.C. My guides in Xiamen -- two of your former students whose name cards
are somewhere amid more than 400 that I collected at the investment seminar
last weekend -- gave me your book
Amoy Magic. I read it on the flight home and only regret
that I did not have it on the way over. It was great fun and I loved the
puns, particularly the visual puns.
02 Oct 2002, Eugene K. W.
Dear Dr. Brown, As a visitor here to Xiamen this week, I was fortunate
enough to buy your book Amoy
Magic. Besides the useful information, I found your humor
interesting and , yes, humorous. Have you written anything else about
Back to Top 10 Oct. 2002, Dear Bill, Jennifer from Canada, and self, -
Ross from Australia, are newcomers to Xiamen and had the good fortune
to be given a copy of your book, Amoy
Magic, with the anecdotes etc on this city.
04 Nov. 2002, Phoebe Z. Dear
Mr Brown, It is amazing when I read the book of Amoy
Magic you wrote. I am so surprised that you could find so
many interesting things in our daily life. As I grew up in Xiamen, everything
around seemed so common and I felt a litter bit boring towards the environment
07 Nov. 2002, Lisa N. (Chicago,
Illinois), Dear Bill Brown, I've just recently arrived in Xiamen from
Chicago. Although I had read Amoy
Magic before leaving Illinois, I never could have estimated
its value until now, as I am beginning to get settled and to learn my
way around town. Xiamen is wonderful, as you say, and your book is a lifesaver.
I am never without it (bus routes). Thanks for taking the tine to write
25 Nov. 2002, Colorado, Prof.
Nathan K. Hi Bill. Just got your book, Amoy
Magic. Great read! You do have a sly sense of humour....
I was amazed at the picture of Xiamen. I particularly enjoyed the inset
piece on the Chinese Jews... I look forward to sharing this with my son,
Brian. Back to Top
10 Jan. 2003 Frankie S. M.D., Houston, TX Got your book, Magic
Xiamen, in shanghai two yrs ago. but got a chance to read
it only a month ago. have been reading n enjoying it since then. like
ur way of looking at things as a lou wei n lou nei. Is there a chance
of getting your autograph when i get there sometime around the new yr
( yang nian ). ? Another friend of mine in texas will surely enjoy and
treasure another signed copy . their daugther in law is from Xiamen. hoping
at least to see u there. pls don't worry, I won't be stalking . sincerely,
13 Jan 2003, Anna O. Manila,
Philippines, I was in Xiamen a few weeks ago and got a copy of your book,
Magic Xiamen. I was so happy to find one so helpful
since my family and i will be moving to Xiamen next month. My husband
(who is from the Fujian Province but lived in Manila all his life) and
I along with my 9 month old baby will be living there beginning Feb. 10.
We also will be studying Mandarin at the Xiamen University. Back to Top OutsideChina,Click