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This letter was completed on August 4, 2001. A very good friend from Taiwan offered to help and try to get it delivered to Joey. I printed and sealed this letter in an envelope, but decided against passing it along...I'm still not sure what I feared most...being told that it couldn't be delivered, being told it was delivered or actually receiving acknowledgement from Joey. After all these years, I think it's that latter that was my greatest fear. As strange as it may seem, having Joey acknowledge this site's existence makes everything somehow too real. Perhaps adoration is best kept as a secret dream...but I was inspired by an open letter to Taiwanese songbird Meng Ting Wei to share with the world, and perhaps, just perhaps Joey herself, my wishes for the best and my sincerest gratitude for all her work.


Note: When this letter was written, the news reports were that Joey and Chyi Chin had married. I'm still not clear whether these reports were accurate or not, but this was the reason for part of the content of the letter.

August 4, 2001

Dear Tsu Hsien,

This letter is to thank you so much for all your wonderful work over the years. I’ve been a fan of yours since a fateful day in 1991 when I first saw a clip from “A Chinese Ghost Story”. Since then, I’ve been following your career as best I can and hope that you’re happy with whatever you are doing right now. Though we’ve never met, nor will probably never meet in person, I feel that you are a friend in spirit. Your movies and music have brought me years of joy and happiness. Although I am Japanese by birth, I truly feel that I am Chinese at heart. I have jung gwo xin, a Chinese heart and spirit that draws me near to China and Chinese people. If you are reading this, it means that my best friend in Taiwan, Douglas Lee has made a dream come true. That dream is to let you know that no matter what path choose to follow, there are fans like myself who truly appreciate you and wish you all the best.

If you have a chance, please visit my internet website at http://home.hawaii.rr.com/dsn . I am proud to say that to the best of my knowledge, this is the oldest website solely dedicated to you and your work. Many times people ask why I continue to maintain this site since you are not currently actively doing movies or music. My answer is always the same…this site is dedicated to the joy and happiness you’ve brought your fans. Just because you’re not in the limelight doesn’t mean that you should ever be forgotten. I have webpals in China, Singapore, Australia, France and Germany that feel the same way I do. Truly you have touched the hearts and souls of people throughout the world.

I hope you’re very happy with Chyi Chin and wish you all the best in everything you do. Hopefully one day you will return to the movies or continue your love of music. Whatever you choose to do, you have fans all over the world who will always appreciate and support you! Please take care and be happy.

Sincerely your fan for life from Hawaii,

Darin Nakamura

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As news of Joey's retirement seems ever more final, I feel the need to write a second open letter...

October 7, 2005

Dear Tsu Hsien,

As news of your retirement is being confirmed, I would like to thank you once again for all the joy you've brought to me and so many other fans throughout the world. Your movies and music will continue a legacy of entertainment and happiness for so many years to come.

While it will be sad not to have a new movie or CD forthcoming, I hope you're enjoying your new life away from the spotlight. No matter what others may write or say, please rest assured that your true fans will continue to support and remember you for all the great work you've done.

Please enjoy your "new" life and I wish you double the joy and happiness you've brought to me and so many others.

Sincerely,

Darin Nakamura
webmaster - www.for-joey.com

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  Created: 10/07/05     Updated: 11/10/05