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Dan Bloom has done it once again! Here is a first hand report from Dan himself:

"My book will be published by Tongyo Cultural Affairs Ltd. Co. in Taipei on September 1, 2002. The text will once again be in in Chinese only, translated by a young woman in Taipei named Lisa Huang, who works in a lawyer's office during the day and does translation work at night. I think she did a very good job translating my stories about Taiwan and I want to thank her publicly here! [Thank you, Lisa Huang!]"

"The book will be sold in bookstores all over Taiwan soon, and the price will be .... (I am not sure}....maybe NT$180, maybe NT$190, maybe NT$200. There are 50 new stories in the book, all about Taiwan, of course, and my adventures in the night markets of this wonderful country .... selling my books and meeting new friends!"

"Maybe I met you this way already -- in the Chiayi night market or on Culture Road in Chiayi or maybe in Little Tokyo along Linsen North Road in Taipei."

"I just want to tell you the news here on my website, and if you want to read the new book, look for me in the Chiayi night markets or on Culture Road or visit your local bookstore in Taipei or Tainan or Kaohsiung or Taichung or Chiayi -- every bookstore in Taiwan will sell my book. My editor Jean Chien did a great job selecting the stories for this new book, and I want to thank her here, too. [Thank you, Miss Chien!]"

"And of course, my publisher, Mr Huang, the boss of Tongyo Cultural Affairs Co. Ltd. -- thank you, sir! One of the reasons that Mr Huang decided to publish my second book here in Taiwan is because he is a native of Chiayi City, and when he heard that I have made my home in Taiwan in his hometown, we immediately made a deal to publish this book! That's what I like about Chiayi people, they don't waste time waiting around for something to happen: When Mr Huang met me at theTaipei International Book Fair in Feburary 2001, he decided in just five minutes to do my book! Long live Mr Huang!"


"See you soon ... online .... [email me if you have any questions] ... or even better, see you soon in the night markets of Taiwan!"

"Your friend ... and a Very Happy Writer... (with lots of time on his hands and very little money in his pockets! ha ha!),"


We at CDOT continue to be proud to offer books written by Dan, and are now able to offer them at the price of $8.00 each.

Dan Bloom's Book - I Love Taiwan


It is with great gladness and deep respect that we at "Crystal Dragon of Taiwan" are able to offer our visitors copies of Dan Bloom's book "I Love Taiwan". All copies have been signed by the author and are in brand new condition. 

This book is offered at cost. Due to our feelings for Taiwan and its people we would like to share this wonderful book with others. The current cost is $8.00 per copy. This includes postage and packaging within the United States. After other copies arrive by boat the per copy price will be reduced. However, we do not expect to receive the other copies for two more months. Due to unbelievably high shipping costs we have had to rely on "boat mail" so as to keep the future per copy price more reasonable. These first offered copies were mailed via air and as a result cost more. Those people ordering copies for overseas delivery will be charged actual cost of postage.

For those desiring to order a copy of Mr. Bloom's book please email our staff at: sales@cdot.org

or please write us at:
Crystal Dragon of Taiwan
151 Cohn Valley Way
Folsom, CA 95630-5050

We accept payment by way of Paypal, Bidpay, personal check, money order and cash.

All orders paid by secured forms of payment are mailed within 24 hours of receipt.

We wish to thank Mr. Bloom for agreeing to work with us in our effort to offer his wonderful book to the people of the United States and world. We share his love and respect for the wonderful country of Taiwan and its people and are deeply honored to be able to share these feelings thru the offering of his book to all people.

Below are several articles written about Mr. Bloom and his book. We hope our visitors will find these articles and his book as inspiring, informative, interesting and wonderful as we and many other people have.

The Editor and Staff of "Crystal Dragon of Taiwan"

(PLEASE NOTE: Currently, Mr. Bloom's book is published in Chinese)

Taiwan Headlines
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Giving Away A Little Love For Taiwan 

Published: February 21, 2002
Source: Taipei Times 

On a November day in 1996 Dan Bloom disembarked on a lush subtropical island and penetrated deep into its sparsely populated hinterlands. He arrived as an adventurer and observer. 

After almost five years of living among the natives and observing their behaviors, eating habits and social structures, he wrote a book proclaiming his love for his adopted land and its lifestyle. Theirs is a peaceful society, he writes, that exhibits the brightest possibilities of human nature.

In fact, Bloom is not a modern-day Margaret Mead wearing a palm frond skirt on Borneo. The place he traveled to is nowhere other than Chiayi, Taiwan. And his book, which he wrote in English and had printed in Chinese with a title that can be translated as "That's how I fell in love with Taiwan," is not exactly a ground-breaking ethnographical treatise on the peoples and cultures of this island.

He's fully aware that his book is not academic and he has no pretensions about exposing deep truths about this nation as a long string of foreign observers are often tempted to try. "I'm not attempting to say anything meaningful in this book," he says.

But judging from readers' reactions, his book seems to have held up a mirror to Taiwanese people and displayed an image of the culture that, to its own inhabitants, is at times exotic-sounding and shockingly different from the one they had imagined.

Here is an American from cozy Boston, living in a town that most Taiwanese agree is a relative backwater. But he loves it, and most importantly he seems to really mean it. Bloom's earnest enthusiasm and gushing praise for virtually all things Taiwanese obviously has struck a chord. He says he has received hundreds of e-mails from Taiwanese readers touched at times to tears over what he writes about their country.

"I can't hardly imagine why there's people who don't like American or British cities. Now I think I know the reason why: confidence in yourself and your native country. I'll cherish Taiwan more from now on", wrote one 26-year-old from Taipei.

Some go even further. One woman wrote that after reading his book she felt "just like a dream."

"I still couldn't believe that there's someone who loves Taiwan very much," she said.

On Tuesday, Bloom was at the Taipei International Book Exhibition hawking his book by walking up and down the aisles between the stalls (he doesn't have a permit to sell there). It was a hard sell because the visitors were mostly publishing agents looking to sign contracts not buy new books, but he still managed to unload several copies. Several people pointed in his direction, recognizing him from the recent sizeable write-ups in the United Daily News and Next magazine, among others.

One man from Taitung, surnamed Chang, walked up to introduce himself and say he had read the book and "gained a totally fresh perspective on Taiwan."

"There's nothing new in the book, so I don't really understand why people feel they've learned so much from it," Bloom says. "I think people like to hear these things from a foreigner because it's somehow comforting." Bloom apparently is a hit because his book provides a reassuring contradiction to the self-loathing that is so rampant in Taiwan. It also helps that he connects directly with his readers by selling the book from a paper lantern-festooned pushcart at the Chiayi night market, where people can see who wrote the book and get a signed copy for NT$100.

"It's a novelty, and interest will probably fade. But it's fun, so whatever. It's certainly not a money maker," he said. Actually store sales have been miserable, and his NT$100 price at the night market is NT$14 less then his cost to buy the books at the author's discount from the publisher. So far he's sold about 5,000 copies.

Now Bloom is looking to expand the book into a series. He's not quite certain what the next topic will be, but it will surely be about something quintessentially Taiwanese, like night markets, which he knows a lot about. It will no doubt also be full of ebullient praise to soothe delicate spirits.


HEADLINE: American writer is just crazy about Taiwan! And he regards Chiayi City as his hometown now!

United Daily News

SUBHEAD LINE: He likes to chew betel nut, nosh on cho-dofu and loves to travel around the "beautiful Formosa island" by train

Don't be surprised if you go to the Carr four Night Market in Chiayi City one night and see American writer Dan Bloom standing next to his red bicycle and selling his new book "I'm Just Crazy About Taiwan!" The 42-year-old Boston man has lived in Taiwan for five years now and loves life here so much that he plans to stay forever. Yes, Dan Bloom really loves Taiwan!

A former teacher who now makes his living as a newspaper reporter and book author, Dan Bloom is a happy-go-lucky fellow who has spent time in three cities in Taiwan over the last five years: Taipei, Taoyuan and Chiayi. He says he calls CHiayi his "hometown" because it was the first place he lived when he first landed in Taiwan in 1996 and his best friends live there.

"Chiayi is a comfortable city to live in, to work in," Dan Bloom says. "The people are friendly, the pace of life is slow and relaxing, and although the salaries are lower compared to high-paying jobs in Taipei, I like the coutry life, far from the hustle and bustle of the big city up north. Chiayi is my kind of town. I love it here!"

Go to the night market in Chiayi on any Tuesday, Friday or Sunday night and chances are you will see a "big-nose foreigner" with a French hat barking out his sales pith: "Hello, hello; come one, come all, take a look at my new book, just published, yes, I really love Taiwan!"

Bloom sells his book, written entirely in Chinese, for just NT$100, a bargain compared to the retail price in bookstores, where the new book sells for NT$190.

"Yes, I don't make any money selling my book so cheaply," Bloom says, with a smile. "But this is my only way to introduce the book to the people of Taiwan, to the reading public. The bookstores around the island have not been promoting my book very well, since I am not a star or a celebrity or a bestseller, so I had to take matters into my own hands and use the night market here as my advertising vehicle. And it's working! Although I only sold three books the first night I came here, quite shy and nervous about doing this in public, now I can sell around 25 books every night, and the night market strollers seem happy to meet a real American writer face to face, chat with me for a few minutes, get a signed copy of my book, a handshake, a smile, and a nice little book for a great little price of just NT$100."

Since beginning his night market vending gig in September 2000, Bloom estimates he has sold around 1,000 copies of his book by himself, with the rest of the first printing of 3,000 sold in bookstores island wide.

Flush with success, although on a minor scale, Bloom's publisher decided to print a second edition, and promises more editions if the night market sales keep going strong nationwide.

Visits to night markets in Taichung, Hualien, Taitung, Ilan, Kaohsiung and Tainan are being set up now, with a few gigs planned for Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan and Hsinchu as well.

Dan Bloom, who lived in Japan for five years in the early 1990s, before coming to Taiwan, used to work as a copy editor for the Taipei Times in the capital city. He received a good salary and lived a good life in Taipei, but when the chance came to write a book about his many adventures and experiences in Taiwan -- in Chinese, for the Taiwan market -- he packed his bags and moved down to Chiayi City in the southern part of the island, where he had spent his first year in the ROC, visiting friends he had met in the USA there and teaching English part-time to support himself.

Juneau, Alaska, Bloom's former "hometown" in the USA, and Chiayi City are "sister cities" and that's how he came to Chiayi -- to visit some Taiwanese friends he had met in Alaska 10 years earlier. To write his book, which began as a series of newspaper columns for the Liberty Times in Taipei, Bloom returned to Chiayi after living up north for three years.

"I felt that in Chiayi I could relax and begin working on my book, with no pressures or stress, and that's exactly what happened," he says. "Coming back to Chiayi after living in the big city for a few years was a relief! It's so quiet and peaceful and livable here, I love it! Plus, my best friends in Taiwan, my good friends and acquaintances, live here and they make me feel at home."

Dan Bloom says he loves Taiwan so much that he has coined a new term for people like himself: "We are members of the 'Taiwan Tribe.' Justlike the young Taiwanese who love Japan and Japanese pop culture and call themselves 'the Japan Tribe,' I am a member of the 'we love Taiwan' tribe."

The title of Bloom's book in Chinese, "Wo Jyo Tse Yang Ha San Le Taiwan," means roughly "I'm Just Plumb Crazy about Taiwan" (or literally, "In just this way, I have come to love Taiwan").

Dan Bloom's book is selling well in the night market in Chiayi, and it might be the first time an author, any author, has ever taken to selling his newly published book in a night market in Taiwan. It's a first, it's surprising, and as far as Dan Bloom is concerned, "it's fun."

"I love this face to face contact with the public," he says. "In a bookstore, I never get to meet my readers, they ever get to meet me, it's all very boring, and besides, the bookstores don't even care to help me sell the book. Some stores even put my book on the second floor on a high shelf where nobody can see it! That's ridiculous. So I decided to forget the bookstores, and the really inefficient book distribution system in Taiwan, and just sell my book myself in the night market. I have never enjoyed myself so much in my life! I feel as if I have discovered a new career: night market bookseller! I love it!"

With Bloom's nightly appearances in the six night markets in Chiayi City now, the national media has suddenly taken an interest in the enterprising American writer, who bears a passing resemblance, according to one newspaper, to Albert Einstein! Several major weekly magazines have flown down to Chiayi to photograph Bloom in action at the night market and interview him for profile articles set to appear soon. With NEXT magazine and the China Times Weekly set to publish major stories about "the Chiayi Night Market Man," Dan Bloom's star may be rising in Taiwan and his book may even eventually become a bestseller.

"I certainly hope so," he says to a reporter. "I love writing, I wantwrite more books for the Taiwan market, and if this night market gig takes to the place where I want to go, more power to it!"

Dan Bloom has been known to chew on betel nut when offered the "Taiwan chewing gum" by locals, and he loves to eat such island delicacies as fried crickets, stinky dofu, rat stew, black chicken and spicy hot pots. But most of all, he says, he really loves and enjoys interacting with the people of Taiwan.

"The Taiwan people are great!" he says. "You got a great country here!"



by Sophia Wu 
Central News Agency, Taiwan (CNA wire service) 

DATELINE: Chiayi City, Taiwan 

He likes to travel around Taiwan by train and takes great pleasure in rubbing shoulders with Taiwan folk in crowded streets.

He can only speak a little Chinese, but he has a good rapport with middle-aged Taiwanese men. In Taiwan, he has been an English teacher, a newspaper copyeditor and a newspaper columnist for the Liberty Times. He once appeared as a model in a very popular Hello Kitty telephone card newspaper advertisement campaign. And now he will publish a book about his life in Taiwan, in a Chinese-language edition only. 

"I'm Just Crazy About Taiwan!" [Wo jyo tse yang ha san le Taiwan records Dan Bloom's five-year sojourn in Taiwan. The book was published by well-known Taipei publisher Lee Ming-yung, edited by Amy Lin and translated into Chinese by Wang Yu-tai. Bloom says the entire project was a team project from the very beginning. "These publishers and editors in Taiwan are great," he said. "They make writing a book a real pleasure, even when a difficult translation process is involved."

"Taiwan is a wonderful place, and my everyday life here is very interesting," Bloom said Friday in an interview with CNA.

Bloom came to Taiwan five years ago on what he thought would be just a two-week visit. He now plans to remain on island for the rest of his life.

"I have been in love with Taiwan ever since," he said, adding that he loves to eat Taiwanese snack food at street vending stalls and that spicy bean curd ("stinky tofu") is his favorite night-time snack in Chiayi City.

Bloom said that although Taiwan's traffic is often chaotic and its air polluted, its people are very kind, friendly and hospitable. "I find robust vitality on this island," he said.

Bloom graduated from Tufts University in Boston. "I majored in French during my college years. At that time, I never thought that I would one day travel to Asia for a long stay."

Bloom had lived in Japan for five years prior to his arrival in November 1996 to visit his only friend here, a English teacher at a Chiayi middle school named Dominic Lin.

Bloom recalled that he traveled directly to Chiayi from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in northern Taiwan. "At that time, I just wanted to visit a Taiwanese friend that I got acquainted in Boston. I never thought that I would settle in Taiwan," he said. 

But things took an unexpected turn, and he found himself with a work permit and resident status in Taiwan. "I have stayed here for five years and plan to continue to live and work in Taiwan."

Bloom became a columnist with a local newspaper in late 1999. His articles on his life in Taiwan have received warm response from local readers. Bloom said he has received many letters from Taiwan readers expressing their happiness to learn that a foreign writer takes true pleasure in his life in Taiwan.

Bloom's book is scheduled to hit local bookstore shelves nationwide in early September. One of his local friends, Wang Yu-tai of Keelung, a professional translator, translated Bloom's 176-page book into Chinese. It has been published in a handsome Chinese-language edition only by Eurasian Publishing Company in Taipei, and sells for NT$190. There are no plans at this point for an English edition, as Bloom said he wrote the book to communicate directly with Taiwan citizens in their own language.



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