Author Interview: Tom Carter

By |September 24th, 2019|

Talented American writer and photographer Tom Carter is one of the great characters of the expat tribe in China. I’ve always admired the way he throws himself into projects with the kind of tireless passion that makes the Energiser Bunny look lazy. When Carter did a photographic book on the […]

Author Interview: Alvin Lu

By |July 29th, 2019|

Alvin Lu, a second-generation Taiwanese American who was born and currently lives in San Francisco, is the author of The Hell Screens, a stylish thriller set in Taipei. The protagonist is Chinese-American Cheng-Ming, who is obsessed with a serial rapist-murderer known as the Taxi Driver Killer (aka K), who is terrorizing the […]

The Nagasaki Peace Discourse: City Hall and the Quest for a Nuclear Free World • Geoffrey C. Gunn

By |June 26th, 2019|

You feel a certain amount of pressure to be emotionally moved when visiting Nagasaki’s most important atomic bomb sites such as the Peace Park, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and the Atomic Bomb Hypocentre Park (the spot above which the “Fat Man” bomb detonated at 11:02 on August 9, 1945). If […]

Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels • Claire Chao and Isabel Sun Chao

By |June 24th, 2019|

The Pearl of the Orient, the Paris of the East – Shanghai of the 1920s to 1949 has long captivated readers as one of history’s great cities; it’s been a first-choice setting for China fiction and non-fiction. Is there room on the shelf for yet another title? Yes, if the […]

Hong Kong Noir • edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason

By |June 20th, 2019|

Hong Kong is under siege. From property developers razing neighborhoods to build yet more skyscrapers. From the push-and-pull emanating from Beijing to demand greater subservience from this former British colony. 

Even without all that pressure, Hong Kong could very well collapse under the weight of its own population, permanent and transient, […]

Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu • Wayne Ng

By |May 30th, 2019|

Finding the Way is an audacious novel. It takes some courage to pen a fictional life of such a revered figure as Laozi. He is, after all, a much loved philosopher considered to be the founder of Taoism, and sometimes even worshipped as a deity (my wife’s family actually has a temple […]

Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island • Translated by Jeffrey Thomas Leong

By |April 20th, 2019|

In 1970, United States park ranger Alexander Weiss found writing on the walls. He was in the abandoned wooden barracks on Angel Island, a bit of rock in San Francisco Bay. Inside those barracks, Weiss found thousands of characters carved into the walls. Those characters were eventually determined to be […]

Shots from the Hip: Sex, Drugs and the Tao • Daniel Reid

By |April 1st, 2019|

Daniel Reid is a prolific writer on Chinese philosophy, medicine, and food. He lived in Taipei from 1973 to 1989, and by number of book titles – more than thirty – and copies sold, he is surely the most successful Taiwan expat writer of all time. His latest book, a […]

The Vegetarian, Human Acts, and The White Book • Han Kang

By |March 30th, 2019|

Han Kang is a writer whose books are in conversation with each other. Themes and images migrate from one book to another. A line of dialogue that appears in one novel forms the basis of the next. Her books build on each other the way a nautilus creates its shell. […]

Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation • Dean Karalekas

By |March 13th, 2019|

Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan takes on the important subject of the relationship between the Republic of China armed forces and society, examining public perceptions of the military and the need for transformation to make it more relevant and effective.

As author Dean Karalekas outlines, the military suffers from generally low morale, a […]