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In 2003, Xiamen people voted for the top ten people who had moved Xiamen in 2003, and I was voted as one of them!  It was very moving to see Chinese appreciate foreigners working with them for a common goal
"2003 Top Ten Moving
人物揭晓 (Xiamen Daily, March 2004) Xiamen citizens voted Bill as one of "Top Ten People Moving Xiamen in 2003"

U.S. Ambassador to China Randt visited Xiamen and I gave him a tour of Gulangyu

Click Here for "U.S. in Xiamen" (US. Consul Page)

When Mayor Hong Yongshi gave me the "Key to the City," he said "This key will open any door in Xiamen for you!"  "How about the bank of China?" I asked.  "Any door but that one!" he responded.

Key to the City from Mayor Hong--opens any door but the bank!

Beijing, 1993, when Premier Li Peng gave me the Friendship Award

Receiving Friendship Award from Premier LiPeng

Bill meets with the Vice Premier in 2004

Over 30 various awards

Fujian Province Friendship award

What am I doing here?  Serving the the U.S. Air Force in Taiwan, only 100 miles across the Straits from the apocalyptic Yellow Peril!  Never thought that ten years later I'd cross the straits with my family to become the first foreign devil permanent resident in Fujian.  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujian.

Bill on a camel in the Dunhuang area desert



One of the pieces of mainland propaganda leaflets that rained down on the Air Force base one day, and helped pique my curiousity about what the rest of China was like.  I knew the Communists viewed life through Red-tinted spectacles, but I was still curious, and eventually moved to the mainland.  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujian.  Http://

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About Dr. Billw潘维廉简介In January, 2006, I was honored to meet with Premier Wen Jiaobao in Beijing at Chinese New Year, and to have dinner afterwards
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Dr. Bill Brown in CCK Air Force Base, Taichung, Taiwan, 1976-78  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujian  http://www.Amoymagic.comFrom '76 to '78, Bill Brown was a young airman in the U.S. Air Force in Taiwan, never dreaming that 10 years later, he and his wife, Susan Marie (a blond American who was born and raised in Taiwan--so "Made in Taiwan") and two sons, Shannon and Matthew (6 months and 2 years old, respectively) would settle on the opposite side of the Dire Taiwan Straits to become the first foreigners Permanent Resident in Fujian Province. Asked why he moved to mainland China, Bill responded, "Because Chinese food is too expensive in America."

Armed with such lofty ideals, Dr. Brown has been teaching graduate business in Xiamen University's MBA Center by day, and eating lots of Chinese food by night. Between meals, he's written textbooks on Organizational Behavior and Business StrategyChristmas in Xiamen, 1988.  Shannon was 2 and Matthew was 9 months.  There was nothing festive about Christmas the first few years, but over the years the popularity of Christmas has grown in Xiamen, and in 2003, at least one Christmas party that we know of had over 2000 people!  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujian (tourism, travel, study, expatriate lifestyle), over 60 articles for dozens of magazines and newspapers, several television documentaries, and books such as "Fujian Adventure," "Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen,""Mystic Quanzhou--City of Light, "Discover Gulangyu", "Magic Fujian," "Xiamen University--Strength of the Nation," etc.

In spite of his writings, in 1992 he became Fujian Province's 1st foreigner granted Permanent Residence, and in 1993 received the Friendship Award from Premier Li Peng. When asked his impressions of the ancient city of Beijing, he replied, "I loved the Beijing fried duck."
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Tibet & Back  In 1994, Dr. Brown and his wife and two young sons drove their van, "Toy Ota," over 40,000 km around China, up the coast from Xiamen to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Beijing, to Mongolia and down to the Gobi Desert, and across the silk road (which really wasn't all that silky) to Qinghai, Lhasa, Tibet, and back to Xiamen via Szechuan, Kunnan, Guizhou, Guanxi, and Guangdong. They were impressed with the scope and pace of change in every corner of China, and loved the food, but were not overly impressed with Tibetan buttered tea.

But 40,000 km of driving taught the Browns that there is no place like home--especially when home is the magical island of Amoy (now Xiamen).Toy Ota, our van, parked in front of the Potala Palace.  In the summer of 1994, we drove Toy Ota up the coast to Mongolia, through the Ghobi Desert to Tibet, and back--a 3 1/2 month drive.  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujian.  Http://
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Recent Activities:
2002, Stuttgart, Germany
: Bill represented Xiamen in the intl ernational Livcom competition. Xiamen won the Gold Medal. [Livcom is the "Oscar for liveable communities" ].Click Here for Livcom Website
2003, Aperdoorn, Holland: Bill represented Quanzhou at Livcom. Quanzhou won the Gold Medal, and the Gold Medal for Heritage Management.
Dec. 2003, Bill finished writing, filming and co-hosting the 63 episode Fujian Provincial TV program, "Laowai Kan Fujian" ("A Foreigner Looks at Fujian").
2005,La Caruna, Spain: Bill represented Shanghai Songjiang at Livcom. Shanghai Songjiang won the Gold Medal.
2006 Polk County Schools Hall of Fame

Dr. Bill graduated from High School in Bartow, Florida, Polk County (he was known then as Eddie Brown). He served in the Air Force in MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, CCK in Taiwan, Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base in Texas,and in Ankhara, Turkey (while in the OSI-- Air Force Office of Special Investigation). One of his hobbies is Magic (formerly a professional member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood--hence the "magic theme" in his books and websitePolk County Education Hall of Fame William Browns).

The Brown Family's home is Xiamen, but when visiting the U.S. they hang their hats in Reedley, California, which Bill thinks is "the biggest little town in America."  Click here to read more about this delightful little town, the nearby giant sequoias, and the delightful Sequoia RV Ranch.

Correction to 2006 Polk County Schools Hall of Fame press release: My writings are not all in Chinese! I wish they were, but I ususally use English first, and then have someone help translate.   Someday...

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潘维廉简介 Brief Intro
William N. Brown
1974 年 Bartow Sr. High
1976 Devry Institute of Technology
1978 A.A. in Police Science
Amoymagic--guide to Xiamen and Fujian 1980年8月毕业于美国西南德克萨斯州立大学,获法学学士学位
B.A. in Criminal ...Justice
...M.A.Cross-Cultural Studies
1988年7月毕业于美国瓦尔登大学 (米尼苏达州) 获管理学博士学位。
...Ph.D. Administration and Management
工商管理教育中心外国专家、教授曾先后在美国的《Linking Rings》和
和 《厦门日报》等报刊杂志发表40 多篇论文和文章。

1997年 厦门国际学校荣誉创办人
2002年10月Stuttgart, Germany-代表厦门在德国:国际花园城市比赛
(helped win Gold Medal)
2003年11月Aperdoorn, Holland-代表泉州在荷兰:国际花园城市比赛
(helped win Gold Medal and Heritage Management Award)
2004年3月 厦门日报的 厦门2003年十大感动人物称号
2005年 11月La Coruna, Spain 帮助上海松江在西班牙:国际花园城市比赛
(Gold Medal)

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著作 Books
1988年 "Beyond the Protestant Work Ethic"
1992年 《组织行为学》江西人民出版社
1994年《少年儿童初级英语》 厦门大学出版社 (审校)
2000年 Amoy Magic 《魅力厦门》厦门大学出版社
2001年 《企业兵法》北京大学出版社
2003年 The Fujian Adventure魅力福建》鹭江出版社
2003年 Mystic Quanzhou-City of Light 《魅力泉州》厦门大学出版社
2004 年 Magic Siming 《魅力思明》
2005 年 Magic Fujian 《老外看福建》
2005 年 Discover Gulangyu魅力鼓浪屿》
2006 年 Xiamen University--Strength of the Nation《魅力厦大》
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文章 Articles (over 100; quit keeping records in 1997)
《Linking Ring Magazine》85年12日 "Taxman Routine" (美国)
《求是》-- 93年12月"不断增加的美国监犯劳动力"
《北京周报》92年6月1-7日 "主权和人权"
95年6月19-25日"Human Rights or Trade Rights?"
97年6月23-29日"The Bright Pearl in China's Hand"
97年9月16,17日;98年1月27日,等-- 十几篇
98年1月23日"大年-- "
95年 ?月 -"中国-一对美国夫妻的红娘月老"
《西南石油学院校报》96年10月20日 "When Silence is Not Golden"
《内部参阅》 两篇文章:92年2月10日;93年8月2日
《中国妇女》95年9月"Lessons from a Chinese Nanny"
.... Etcetera
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会议 Conferences
1990年8月10-14日,国际管理会议(西安)"Towards an Indigenous MBA Program in China"
1992年11月,International Conference on Third World Development, Orlando, Florida.
"Brain-Drain in Mainland China."
1993年10月11-14日, 北京,International Conference on Regional Science, "China - A Test Case for 21st Century Environmental Management"
1997年7月14日第四国际中外语言文化比较学会,厦门,"Color in Cross-Cultural

地址: 厦门大学、1288信箱、厦门、福建、邮政编码:361005
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History of Amoy Changchow Chinchew Zaiton Fukien etc.History
DINING  Xiamen Tea Houses Minnan tea culture minnan tea ceremonyTea Houses
Xiamen restaurants dining western and Chinese cuisineRestaurants Xiamen Asian restaurants -- Singapore Thailand Thai Malaysian  Japanese Korean PhilippineAsian
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Western (Internationall) Cuisine in XiamenInternationalAlien visa info -- Americans, Europeans E.T. Outer space visitors
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Hakka Earthen architecture Massage!
Hakka Earthen architecture Beaches Kite Flying in Xiamen ChinaFly Kites
Sports -- Golf, Badminton Tennis Bowling Paint BallSports Xiamen Boardwalk One of the most beautiful boardwalks in China or anywhere else.  Along the Island Ring road over 6km long so far.Boardwalk
Xiamen Parks, recreation, hiking boardwalk etcParks Xiamen Museum Library Science Center etcPets
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