Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows
A teacher’s journey to a Maori village  launched by the death of his dog.

Breaking News! KATU (ABC) will have me on the A:M Northwest Show in January to talk about my book. That’s Sweet As!

The official launch party is set for Saturday, Dec. 3 at Sidebar (3901A N. Williams Ave, Portland, Oregon), from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00. Free finger food will be available and a full cash bar serving some of Portland’s best micro-brews will be ready to accommodate your drinking needs. Sidebar is part of Fifth Quadrant/New Old Lompoc so you will have access to their entire menu.

I plan to have various New Zealand artifacts on display including large pieces of pumice that I collected and carved. Big Head! The new dog in the book will also be there to celebrate so I’d suggest not wearing anything black. Yellow Lab hair and black fabric don’t mix. Baetis, the cool cat in the book, the one who has terrorized rodents on both sides of the equator, will not be attending the party. Although she loves adventure, she told me that a report from Big Head will suffice as long as I bring her back a piece of hamburger. There will be several videos playing on different monitors with book excerpts to match, and of course, I’ll read some short scenes from the book. I want plenty of time to mingle with everyone so presentations will be kept to a minimum. Smiles, handshakes and hugs from friends, new and old, should make for a great evening.

A common sight in the household, especially in winter. Big Head and Baetis! The dog and cat duo from New Zealand.

Book sales from the evening will benefit the Be The Match foundation. Amidst the celebration, I am sure there will be some tears as well. I am dedicating the night to my brother who passed from Leukemia over twenty years ago. One of the videos that accompany the book is also a promo for Be The Match.

Click here to read a dedication to my brother and to learn more about Be The Match.

Video 9A from the book.
You can help save a life so somebody else’s family doesn’t have to ask ‘what if?’


Official Press Release Below


Portland Author Releases Multimedia Travel Memoir

Experience Ryan Chin’s journey to a Maori village launched by the death of his dog.

(Portland, OR): Portland author Ryan Chin expands the meaning of memoir with the release of his multimedia book, Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows, on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Sidebar (3901A N. Williams Ave, Portland, Oregon), from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30.

Using a cutting-edge approach to enhance the reader’s experience, Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows integrates two dozen videos to illustrate Chin’s journey. The multimedia element is taken from footage Chin captured during his year in Raupunga, New Zealand, allowing readers to literally feel the experience. In a new country with no friends, no job and no place to live, Chin finds himself mourning the premature death of his beloved dog, Toughy, and finally confronting his brother’s passing from leukemia. When he assumes the head of a classroom in a Maori village, Mr. Chin—as his students call him—learns what it means to live life “full on” and can’t resist taking in a new dog.

“In this age of smart phones and tablets, my memoir takes full advantage of the technology. It gives the reader a unique experience by building on the written word. The book stands alone, and the videos add visual and audio accents,” says Chin.

Partial proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Be the Match Foundation. Every year, more than 10,000 American families like Chin’s experience the diagnosis of diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Be the Match connects patients with donors, helping to save lives.

The memoir is available in paperback, hardcover, for Kindle and for Nook. The multimedia e-book is listed as an Enhanced Edition in Apple’s iStore. Hard copy readers can view the memoir videos free on YouTube and Vimeo. A monitor symbol/icon in the margin prompts readers to cue the related video. Without Rain There Can be No Rainbows is available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Powell’s and Broadway Books.

Prices and ISBN (s):            

Paperback $15.00 978-0-9836073-2-8
Hardcover $23.99 978-0-9836073-5-9
Ebook $3.88 978-0-9836073-1-1
Kindle $3.88 978-0-9836073-4-2
Enhanced Edition Multimedia Version $5.88 978-0-9836073-7-3


About the Author

After returning from New Zealand, Ryan Chin gave up teaching to pursue video editing. His first short film, “Herded,” screened at the Oakland International Film Festival and the Brainwash Film Festival. In 2007, Chin began melding his passions for video and the written word into a single project to produce the multimedia memoir Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows. Sharing his experiences through writing and filmmaking helps remind him of lessons he’s already learned.

Chin lives in Portland, Oregon, with his very pregnant wife, son, two cats and a dog.

 For more information visit www.withoutrain.com.