I first came across Amber on this very podcast around 2007 or 2008 in “Dear Amber - An Insider’s Guide to Everything China” when I was a fanatical ChinesePod listener. I used to listen to her podcast every Saturday and learn so much about Chinese language and culture as I was trying to navigate the Chinese landscape as a foreign teacher in this unfamiliar, yet welcoming land. Amber always struck me as being so educated, worldly, smart, motivated and driven. I was absolutely devastated when her podcast ended. I really felt ChinesePod lost something special when Amber left.
Never in a million years would I have guess that she specifically came to China to proselytise! How do I know this? Well, she’s written a book about it, called “Leaving The Witness” and it is a fascinating read. Here is an excerpt that appeared in “The Believer”:
I’m not sure why I’m sharing this, I just thought it may interest anyone here who knew Amber or listened to her podcasts over the years. Or if anyone is looking for a good book to read (in English), but with quite a few Chinese references!