"I did finish the book and I mailed it to a friend while I was in the U.S. It's a book that should be read by anyone who might be interested in teaching in Taiwan.
I like especially the part you described your observation about the Taiwanese lack of confidence in themselves especially in public speaking, etc.
I like to see more of those thoughts of yours. Your observation of the Taiwanese in general is precious. Reading this is like seeing myself in a mirror.
English learning, after all, is not just to learn about the western culture. English is also a tool for the Chinese to be understood by outsiders. English writings by the Chinese demands more attention. I, myself, am learning to write in English so that people outside Taiwan can understand us better.
I felt like crying when the Christian sister thought 'black means sin and white is closer to God.' My heart felt for you.
I would like to order 4 more books from you, with your autograph, of course.
Please let me know how to do this.
I am also thinking this book should be translated into Chinese, too. Have you thought about this? I can help in this area.
Christina, a Taiwanese writer
"Paul, well done. I am in love with your book. It's great."
Prince, a Ghanaian serving time in a Taiwan jail
"In Black in Taiwan, Paul LeJOY vents his frustrations at the injustices he has endured as a black person from Africa in Taiwan.
"With a keen sense of self-dignity, LeJOY writes with a lot of humor, and is endearing in the perseverance and he shows in adversity. He arrests more than just our sympathy from the very beginning.
"However, one man's perspective can never be truly comprehended by another. As appalling as the incidents sound, unless one has been hurt in similar ways before, LeJOY's feelings can never be understood fully.
"Apart from his personal experience, LeJOY also relates stories of other black people, stories that we don't hear about in the news. One person died as a result of needing to make money badly, and another went insane because he had no way of making money.
"From LeJOY's account of some incidents -- thoughtless racial slurs and discriminating treatment -- one is forced to acknowledge the unfairness of this society and the ignorance of some of its people. Unfortunately for such an interesting and moving book, it is not well structured with incoherent language."
China Post, Friday July 3, 1998
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