Chinese reader worried about the future of her village

One of the things I ask myself about my book is, “Did I get China right?”  I was only in China for a month. (Remember there was no book deal at the time and my leap of faith was getting really expensive.)  While I don’t think it’s possible to get a place, especially China, right, I’m overjoyed to get this email validating that I didn’t get it all wrong. And, according to the awesome, fabtabulous, make-my-day letter I just received from a reader in China, I actually might’ve  been pretty close.

Dear Kelsey,

I’m a reader of your book ‘Where am I wearing’. I spent two days finishing your book and I really love it. I’ve learned a lot from your trips and the effort that you made.

I’m a Chinese girl from Hebei province of China. My hometown is very near to Beijing and the economic situation there maybe better than most other areas of China. Right now I’m pursuing my Ph.D degree in Singapore. Believe it or not, my village is more or less the same with Dewan’s hometown. Only grandparents with grandchildren, almost all the young people leave their homes to pursue a ‘better’ life in big cities. Nobody takes care of the fields. Nobody plants crops any more.

I’m worried about the future of my village. One day it might disappear if the situation doesn’t change. I don’t know what I can do for it. I hope one day I can find a way to save my small village.

Thanks for your wonderful book and have a nice day!

Best regards,


Here’s part of what I responded: “I think it’s important for young people like you and me to not forget where we came from. I hope you can find a way to save your village and I hope I can find a way to save mine too.”

I never cease to be amazed by how much we ALL have in common.

Kyle says:

Cool, Kels. You can’t ask for better feedback than that.

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