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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"
23 Feb 2000, Cindy W. (IKEA Corporation), “I know of this book 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 untill read this book?”
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
in Amoy Magic; 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. Kenneth
A. R. Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies, Graduate School of Oceanography,
University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI 02882-1197, USA
“I got your book while in Xiamen and read
it from cover to cover. Nice to meet the guy behind the book. I
appreciated your sense of humor.”
23 April 2001, Yu B. Dear
Sir, I just recently pass through Xiamen and thanks
to your book, 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 store, I
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 your book and
it helped me discover a little bit of Fujian Province.”
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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
world---- Magic Amoy…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.”
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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.”
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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!”
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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 the "magic of Amoy."
I look forward to hearing from you, Dr. Brown. Xie xie!!
26 May 2001, Jenelle L. Nevada
City, California, I was loaned a copy of your book 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
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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.
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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. 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. Besides the useful information, I found your
humor interesting and , yes, humorous. Have you written anything else
about this area?
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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 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 it! Lisa
25 Nov. 2002, Colorado, Prof.
Nathan K. Hi Bill. Just got your book. 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.
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10 Jan. 2003 Frankie S. M.D., Houston, TX Got your book 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, fs.
13 Jan 2003, Anna O. Manila,
Philippines, I was in Xiamen a few weeks ago and got a copy of your book.
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.
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