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  1. Nya Kawakami on February 12th, 2009 · Link

    Thank you Mr. Chen!

  2. Trang on February 8th, 2009 · Link

    I’ve just finished your book, Wandering Warrior, and It’s an excellent book. I love it.

  3. Amy on January 3rd, 2009 · Link

    Dear Da Chen,

    I read Colors of the Mountain and Sounds of the River years ago, I LOVED them. I have read many, many biographies on the subject of China, but none compare to yours. After reading your books I adopted a 10 year old daughter from China (14 now) and I am ordering China Son for her to read now that she has the ability. I know she will enjoy the story as much as I did. Thank you for telling your story.

    Sincerely, Amy

  4. Heming Zhao on December 29th, 2008 · Link

    I love your book “Brothers”, it is one of the best books I have ever read relating to China. Its not only included history, but the plot is very captivating!!! :grin:

    Because of that, I am going to be reading all your other works, and i am sure they all are going to be great.

    Awesome work :smile: :wink:

  5. Marc on December 16th, 2008 · Link

    this was an amazing book. It was really captivating!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Robert H. Brauchler on December 3rd, 2008 · Link

    Da Chen,

    I purchased Sounds of the River when it was first published in ’02 and could not put it down. I recently took it off my bookshelf for another read and am happy to find that I am enjoying it just as much, if not more, than the first time. I’ll be making a trip to the bookstore to pick up another of your books as soon as possible. Thanks for giving me a personal look into a culture that I find absolutely facinating and beautiful.

  7. carol b. fuchs on November 23rd, 2008 · Link

    :smile:i resented having to put down “brothers” before i got to the end…captivating! beautifully written and inspirational. very clever development. thank you!! (68 yr old)

  8. Erin Meyer on November 21st, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,

    I have read Colors of the Mountain and just picked up Brothers. I look so forward to reading it! I am very interested in China — its culture and beautiful people.

    I look forward to reading all your books and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your writing.

    I wish you and your family much health, love and happiness always.


  9. Chris on November 19th, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,
    I am a sophmore in High School and have read your book China’s Son. It has peaked my interest and I yearned to learn more about the situation. My history class is part of a nationwide history fair and this year the topic is individuals in history (and their impacts, legacies, etc.) I chose Mao and have begun to do research on him. Part of the research portion of the project is an interview with a reliable source. After reading your memoir and doing some research of my own, I would like to ask you some questions on Mao Zedong and your views on him seeing as you are a primary source. If you would not mind please respond to this comment and I will proceed to post the questions,
    Thank You,
    ps: The book was great.

  10. Jeff Ryder on November 13th, 2008 · Link

    I am a teacher in New Jersey and my class is reading colors of the Mountain. A question came up as to the propoer way to say your name. Is it Da Chen or Chen Da.
    Thanks for your help.
    Jeff Ryder

  11. Da on October 30th, 2008 · Link

    Thank you so much, Melissa, Travis, Noor, Jessica, Joshua. Matthew, Katie, Krystin, Carly, Ruben, and Jane Li,

    I loved all of your notes above. They are thoughtful; they moved me greatly. You are amazing young Americans with great future awaiting you. Go for it!
    We should all be grateful to USA for being the best country in the world and equally thankful for great teachers, like Mrs. Jacques, who cared about you enough to introduce my books, many others, to you and brought you to meet me. It was an honor meeting you all.

    Go Teachers of the World!
    Go Shenendehowa High!


  12. Matthew on October 29th, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da Chen,
    I attend Shenendahowa High School and we have recently finished reading your novel. Written words can not fully express the amount of respect that I have for you. After reading your memoir I felt uplifted by your powerful sense of honor and dedication. The extremities of your experiances and your ability to rise above(with the help of your family) gives me hope that one man CAN make a difference. Your story is one that I advocate for anyone to read, through your memoir. I hope to perhaps meet you in the future at Shenendahowa or anywhere else.

  13. Melissa on October 26th, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da Chen,
    I go to Shenendehowa High School and am a student of Mrs. Jacques. I had the pleasure of reading your memoir, Colors of the Mountain. Your story was so heart warming. The examples you shared of your own family being treated with such disdain were unbelievable and shocking. But I found your responses to the situations you confronted revealed you to be such a strong person, one much stronger than I believe I could ever be. Your story has given me hope for the future, a future where I can strive to achieve my dreams and goals as I see them. I can guide my own course through many of my own actions. Da Chen, I have the most profound respect for you and wish you and your family the best.

  14. Travis on October 25th, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,
    I am a senior at Shenendehowa High School, and in my English class had the pleasure of reading your memoir; Colors of the Mountain. I just wanted to start of by saying the memoir has changed my perception on how i view life in America. I have realized how gifted my family and I are to have the freedoms we are given. I also want to tell you your memoir was truly inspirational, your strength and courage were also very admirable. The memoir has given me inspiration to persevere in any situation. It was an honor to read your memoir and please do not stop writing you are a gifted, talented writer whose pieces are truly inspirational and a pleasure to read.

  15. Jessica on October 24th, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,

    I am a senior at Shenendehowa High School and I have had the pleasure of meeting you at the Troy Art Center in late September. I am writing to express to you my enjoyment from reading your memior “Colors of the Mountain.” Your writing is completely different than any other works of literature I have ever read in school. You story is so inspiring and I am so thankful that I had the chance of meeting you in person. That experience gave me a new perspective on your writing and I will always remember it. Through your memior, you have forced me to think and be thankful for my life and the great country I live in.

    Thank you so very much!

  16. Ruben on October 23rd, 2008 · Link

    so what ever happened to your 4 friends you made a brotherhood like deal with? did you ever see them after? maybe i didint catch wat happened, if you ever say them or not…… but do you still that picture you took with them after that expensive dinner?

  17. Carly on October 23rd, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,
    In my class we had the opportunity to read Colors of the Mountain. Our teacher wanted us to think about 5 sentences that we would write to you. This is what I said: I appreciated the memoir because it really shows an experience that not many of us know about. It makes me think about my own life and really enjoy it that much more. The ending paragraph about your father and the fruit really tied the whole thing together. It showed how important it was to right this memoir and your love for your Dad. I congratulate you on succeeding in something you have a passion for.

    I hope you continue to inspire people and show them that they can do anything!

  18. Noor Ahmed Khan on October 22nd, 2008 · Link

    Dear Mr. Chen,
    Reading your book, Colors of the Mountain, brought me great joy. Being an immigrant from Pakistan, hearing of your success as an immigrant from China, who was bestowed a much harsher life than me, showed me that anyone can succeed even if everything seems to be going wrong for them. I met you at the Troy Art Center in September, and thought it was a enjoyable experience. Seeing you, a man who’s been through so much in reality brought so much intensity to reading Colors of the Mountain. I have bought your book Brothers as well from the book signing, and I’m sure I will enjoy that as well. Keep up the great novels, you are a inspiration to all immigrants.

  19. Krystin on October 22nd, 2008 · Link

    Coming into my senior year I wasn’t expecting to like, let alone relate to anything I was about to read in my upcoming English classes, how ever when I started to read my first novel , your novel , Colors of the Mountain , I discovered myself to have been wrong. Not only did I find my self intrigued by how you wrote, I found your subject matter to be brilliant, your writing held my interest more than any other book I have ever had to read before in my High School career. Beyond the fact that your book was exceptional to be required reading , it surpassed my expectations as a novel in any standards. So I encourage you to continue writing because it changed my, and many others perception on all literature.

  20. Katie on October 21st, 2008 · Link

    Dear Da,

    Your memoir, Colors of the Mountain, was one of the most shocking and informative pieces of literature that I have encountered in my lifetime thus far. Not only should you be commended on the success of the memoir that has opened many eyes to the hardships in China such as the social classes, tobacco use, and the impact that the Cultural Revolution had on individuals, but you should also be applauded for surviving that trying time being faced with your own personal hardships and turning out so successful. I personally would not be able to survive watching my grandfather being beaten for simply going to the market, nor would I be able to withstand watching my father slaving away at labor camps. On top of all of that you had to struggle for acceptance in your community, school and among your peers. I became very proud of you in that you were able to show all of those individuals who doubted you and tried to put you down that you are a lot more then a landlord’s son; you are Da Chen.

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