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  1. Gracie says:

    Dear Dr. Mah,

    I am in Year 7, now starting high school.

    In English, we have a task to find an autobiography, read it and give a speech on the qualities and what we liked and didnt like and strategic writing and stuff. I’ve chosen to do ‘Chinese Cinderella’ because when our librarian gave my class a brief explanation of some autobios, when she got to ‘Chinese Cinderella’ I was touched by how sad yet inspirational your life has been, even in the minute she spoke about it. I’m not too far into the book, but even so, I’d like to say thankyou for being an inspiration and writing a book about it! That must have taken a lot of bravery and courage! I hope you actually receive this letter, so you can see how appreciative I am. When I finish the book, I will post another comment.

    From Gracie

    p.s. I like how you made the reference ‘cinderella’ because that actually does represent you alot!!

  2. Maddy says:

    Hi , Adeline my name is maddy and in class i am

    Reading your book chinese cinderella i think it is

    Terrible what you went through as a child i was wondering

    If you could reply through email so i can ask some

    Questions !!! 🙂

  3. Sydney says:

    Dear Adeline Yen Mah,

    The book Chinese Cinderella was very interesting. The teacher in my Lanuguage Arts class read the autobiography to the entire class. Personally I felt that the story created a lot of emotions while reading. I was very happy to read and discuss Chinese Cinderella. I learned a lot about Chinese culture and the obstacles that one is faced with when different things happen in their lives. I can’t describe my favorite part of the book because I liked the entire story. To me the purpose of the story was to tell people they can overcome different difficulties in life. I would recommend this story to anyone that is looking for a story about overcoming and facing difficulties. Thank you for sharing your story with me.



  4. Hailleigh says:

    Dear Dr. Mah,

    In my language arts class, we have just finished Chinese Cinderella. Reading through your childhood problems made me realize how lucky I may be. I am completely touched by your story. More children need to be grateful they have a loving family. Your book is extremely inspiring and taught me alot. It has also gave me the courage never to give up and to keep trying.

  5. Dakota Maughmer says:

    Dear Adeline,

    I like your book alot and it is very touching! I like how you worded it and I just think it would really get to someone if they read and if they compared their life to your’s then they could see that your’s is worse then there’s!!!


    Dakota Maughmer.

  6. Samantha says:

    Dear Mrs. Yen Mah,

    I really enjoyed reading your book Chinese Cinderella. Your book also included many life lessons that we discussed in my class. I learned that you should push through your problems and that you should keep trying no matter what anyone says about you. While I was reading, I was amazed how you accomplished so much after all you had gone through with your family. I also learned that you can accomplish anything if you just set your mind to it like you did. Thank you for writing this excellent book that has probably inspired all who have read it.



  7. Brianna says:

    Dear Mrs. Yen Mah,

    I loved your book! I learned a lot from reading your book. One thing that I learned was to respect and be very kind and caring to your family. Treat them like they are gold. One day they will not be in your life anymore. I think that your father and Niang should have treated you a lot better with more respect. You should never treat your child like that. Overall, I think that your book was very inspiring to many people because of your childhood experiences. I enjoyed reading your book Chinese Cinderella very much! Thank you for writing your book.



  8. Iman Bokhari says:

    Dear Mrs. Yen Mah,

    I have learned many important lessons reading your book Chinese Cinderella. For example, I learned to be grateful for what I have. I realized that you didn’t even have a supportive family as I do. Children should never complain because you didn’t get fed as much or have decent clothes. In addition, I learned you should always be brave. It’s not that easy being brave and it’s very important. Your decision of walking home from school when you were in kindergarten was very brave. For instance, you were too young to know the area and it was very dark. You are a hero to me for children out there with no supporte system because you got to escape from your terrible family.


    Iman Bokhari

  9. Ana says:

    You took me away for too short a time. Your memories captivated me . Thank you for sharing your life experience. It was a beautiful read.

  10. Maria says:

    Hi there,

    I love your book!!

    If it is not to hard I would like to have your book on My Mp3 Player but I can’t manage to find it any where, where I can copy the text.

    Thank you and God Bless you always…..Maria

  11. Bushra says:

    Dear Adeline,

    I have just finished reading the book “Chinese Cinderella” & it is the best book I’ve ever read. Your story has me inspired. I am 11 years old & currently a 6th grader at a charter school. I found this book in the level “Z” bin which is the highest reading level in my school. I was very interested just by the cover. “The true story of an unwanted daughter”, this book I cannot put down. I will keep it for life, share it with others & reread it over & over again to re-gain my confidence. I hope to share this book with my school, my family & other people in my life. This story is so touching & has me moved. I’ve learned a lot about staying strong from your story. I have watched interviews about you. I’m about to go get the book “Falling Leaves” since it is related to this book. Thank you so much for writing this book. Your story will always be remembered by me. You are a very inspirational person. I will always look up to you. Keep doing the great work you always been doing. Never put your head down.

    All the best,

    Bushra 😀

  12. raymond yu says:

    hi adeline!

    I can’t help notice, but, you’re quite a polyglot! If i’m correct as i deduce from both falling leaves and chinese cinderella, you’re fluent in mandarin, the shanghainese dialect, english, and if i’m correct, cantonese and french. How were you able to do that? I ask because learning languages interests me so. Thank you very much!

  13. Shiyalini says:

    Dear adeline,

    When I first glanced at the book “Chinese Cinderella”, I thought to myself that I must go ahead and read the book even though it is intended for my son whose 9 years of age.I was able to relate certain incidents that had happened to you.I was so upset towards those whom you were cruelly mistreated and rejected by.

    But one thing that keeps me going is Jesus Christ whom I dearly love and I go to him if there be any thing that upsets me even to this very day.I tell him everything that hurts me from within and without.All the deep wounds and scars I carry in my heart I pour it out to him and he consoles my heart through his Holy spirit and that cheers me up to go on in this life.

    I really hope this message has encouraged you in some way to follow the only one who can give you the inner peace and joy that no one can give and finally take you to be with him in Heaven.

    God Bless you now and & forever.

  14. Blanche says:

    Dear Dr. Mah,

    Your book, “Falling Leaves”, was required reading for my daughter who is in Second Year High School in Manila. Your book, “Chinese Cinderella” was required reading for my son when he was in Year II. I got to read Falling Leaves first and was really amazed at how things turned out for the better for you despite all the hardships you had with your family and with China in its troubled times. Let me just tell you that I am very happy for you and that I offered prayers for you, your family, even for your departed father, aunt and grandfather. May you be blessed even more and continue to inspire us.

    By the way, learning Chinese is in my bucket list so I took the liberty of signing up for your free Chinese lessons. Thank you for your generosity.

    All the best,


  15. Karin H. Janssen says:

    Dear Dr. Mah, I enjoyed reading your book “Falling Leaves” in both English and German. I was amazed to learn that

    the binary system of Leibniz was based on Chinese Yin and Yang and the interconnection of Jung’s Theories with

    Chinese Philosophy. But I also enjoyed learning about Chinese culture, in which I am specially interested, since I

    was borne in Shanghai in 1934 by German parents. When I was about 4 years old my parents returned to Germany.

    China and Chinese people left a great impression on my parents. And at the beginning of WW II i heard wonderful

    stories about the time my parents spent in China in the cellar of our house in Berlin, while bombs where detonating around us and I hadn’t heard anything what was going on outside around us.

    Life had its demand on me, with raising a family of 3 girls and helping my husband to achieve his goals. Now, sorry to state that I am widowed. So I, a greenhorn at learning Chinese, would like to tackle the basics of this wonderful language. because I would like to go back to Shanghai in the near future. I did speak Chinese as a little girl. So I found your website some time ago. But I am sorry to say, the lesson was a bit difficult to follow. But the present idea of 1 character a day should be fun and fine!

    At my first contact with your great idea to teach Chinese and Chinese culture to everybody for free!- I did not take advantage of your kind offer, to load down your book:”China Land of Dragons and Emperors” which I would like to receive now. It was difficult to relate to the handwritten characters in the first lessons.

    It would be very kind of you if you could put my name on your mailing list for “1 character a day”! starting on the

    17th of January.

    With all my best wishes for the New Year for Health and Happines for YOU and Success on YOUR Ambassador Path to spread Chinese and Chinese Culture I remain

    sincerely your fan KarinH. Janssen (maiden name Fuerholzer)

  16. veerle says:

    hallo adiline

    im a 12 year old girle and i read you book and its sooooooooooo good im going to read falling laevs and chinease cindarella and chinease cindarella and the mystery of thesong dynasty painting

    lots of love


  17. veerle says:

    he adiline

    i am reading chinaese cindrella and the secret dragon society and i totally love it.It has inspired me soooooo much and i think it will help my futere.

    It is one of the best books i have ever read and that is pretty good because i read ALOT.never stop writing 🙂

    veerle xxxxx

  18. maryam hosseinian says:

    Dear Adeline:

    i read yr book falling leaves. you already knew that how much it greats. I remember all part of it, your explenations are wounderful. think am living in China many years, i even knew the shops , streets and all places of Shanghi you explainded.

    As i liked, translated the book in persian. please let me know if you allow

    me to publish it.

    yr prompt reply appreciated.

    Thank you but I am unable to give permission. Adeline

  19. Shirley Ng says:

    Dear Adeline Yen Mah,

    I want to tell you that your books are extremely inspiring and you have truly taught me a lot. I remember reading ‘Chinese Cinderella’ when i was year 5, and it is still the best book I have ever read. I am currently reading ‘Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society’ , in both books, your life has had up’s and down’s, you have really taught me to stay strong and never give up on my dreams. You are a great role model, never stop writing 🙂

    Best Wishes,

    Shirley 🙂

  20. Isabella says:

    Dear Dr. Mah,

    I have read all of your books and I am just so touched by your story. I am 14 and a homeschooled Freshman and have chosen to do a Dramatic Interpretation (speech) based on your book Chinese Cinderella and I just won 5th among 38 people last week. Your story is a story that deserves to be told and I am honored to be able to share it. I am an American-born-Chinese and I really admire how you overcame the huge obstacles our culture placed before you. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I also love the book Watching the Tree because it really helped me understand the differences between Chinese and Western cultures. I now understand why my Chinese family does certain things differently from American families (why my family has certain rules different from most Americans) and it helped me to fully appreciate my Chinese heritage more. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. You are very inspirational.

    p.s. are you a Christian now or do you consider yourself a Buddhist?

    p.s.s. If I can, would you like me to post my speech on Youtube and share it with you?




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