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Playing in Isolation: A History of Baseball in Taiwan • Junwei Yu

In one of the great sporting runs of all time, from 1971 to 1981 Taiwan’s Little Leaguers went unbeaten at the annual Little League Baseball championship in the American town of Williamsport, scoring an incredible thirty-one straight victories. A whole generation of Taiwanese grew up rooting for these twelve-year-old schoolboys. […]

By |October 28th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan • Andrew D. Morris

Although baseball is considered Taiwan’s national sport, finding physical evidence of its popularity on the ground is surprisingly hard. Go to a park on the weekend and basketball is what you see kids playing. Baseball is, however, Taiwan’s most popular spectator sport, and the only one with a professional league […]

By |October 27th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A Taipei Mutt • Eric Mader

I started the book with the question “What the hell is this?” and finished it with the question “What the hell have I just read?” To describe Eric Mader’s engrossing, fearless novel as extremely unusual doesn’t come close. A Taipei Mutt is a difficult book to make sense of, to […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Unquiet Daughter • Danielle Flood   

My favourite book of the year, The Unquiet Daughter is a beautifully written, big-hearted memoir of a daughter’s search for her biological father.

Danielle Flood was born in Saigon in 1951 but grew up in the United States, where her parents divorced when she was eight. Four years later her mother […]

By |September 23rd, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A Very Late Gap Year in Taiwan • P.R. Travis

On Amazon (but not the book itself) this self-published teaching memoir has the subtitle: “I spent one year teaching ESL in Asia, so you don’t have to.” Similarly, a black-hearted reviewer might be tempted to write that he read the book so you don’t have to. However, my policy on […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China and Taiwan • Dennis Rea

Between the time when the Maoist stranglehold loosened and the rise of the globalized Internet-connected China, there was an age of undreamed-of possibilities. And unto this came American musician Dennis Rea like a time traveller from the future, guitar in hand, bearing the dubious gifts of progressive rock and free […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Taiwanese Grammar: A Concise Reference • Philip T. Lin

At some point back in the mists of time (2009ish), when I was actively learning Taiwanese, my most frequently repeated complaint was the lack of a decent Taiwanese reference grammar (in any language). This lack has now been comprehensively remedied by the release of Philip T. Lin’s Taiwanese Grammar: A […]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Reviews|0 Comments

An American Teacher in Taiwan • Ken Berglund

It’s easy to forget how overwhelming the first days of your new life in Asia can be; the crushing language barrier makes simple things like ordering a meal an ordeal; learning to navigate the public transportation system happens one mistake at a time; and that “easy to find” job can […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Idiocy, Ltd. • Eric Mader

Idiocy, Ltd.: A Genre-Bending Collection from Taiwan

[Editor’s note: Eric Mader is an American expat writer working in Taiwan. His satirical novel A Taipei Mutt was published in 2002, and he has since published a collection of essays, Heretic Days. His most recent book, Idiocy, Ltd., is reviewed below by Hugh […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

American Justice in Taiwan: The 1957 Riots and Cold War Foreign Policy • Stephen G. Craft

The 1999 NATO bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade – a tragic accident to the White House, a deliberate and barbaric act of aggression according to the Chinese Communist Party – caused the deaths of three Chinese journalists, and sparked outrage in China. Tens of thousands of protestors demonstrated […]

By |June 23rd, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments