American Susan Blumberg-Kason is the author of Good Chinese Wife, which recounts her years in a Chinese family as a wife, daughter-in-law, and mother. Susan also contributed the excellent introduction to the Camphor Press edition of Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls. She blogs at susanbkason.com. In the mid-1960s, my mom spent a year in […]

Our latest release, A Pail of Oysters, is a glimpse into the heart of the foundational events of modern Taiwanese history – the 228 massacre and the White Terror that followed. Vern Sneider’s novel was praised on its release in 1953 but then banned by the Taiwanese government for decades. Dr Jonathan Benda, who has studied […]

In the early 1970s Barry Martinson spent a year living on Orchid Island as a young seminarian. His book, Song of Orchid Island, recently rereleased as an e-book through Camphor Press, is a tender and fascinating account of the people and culture of the Tao tribe who live there. Keith Menconi of ICRT (Taiwan’s English-language radio […]

In the introduction to You Don’t Know China, John Ross notes the plethora of books on China that have “dragon” in the title. Yup, “dragon” has become something of a cliché in books about China, as “samurai” tends to get overused in books about Japan — though at least in the case of samurai they […]

J.D. Adams, author of the wonderful memoir Welcome Home, Master, was interviewed recently on ICRT, Taiwan’s English language radio station. Keith Menconi discussed the gamut of Adams’ experience as a Taiwan-based journalist, reporting on the Moro insurgency in the southern Philippines and interviewing both the current and previous presidents of Taiwan, alongside more frivolous stories […]

This title doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue: ‘t Verwaerloosde Formosa, of waerachtig verhael, hoedanigh door verwaerloosinge der Nederlanders in Oost-Indien, het eylant Formosa, van den Chinesen mandorijn, ende zeeroover Coxinja, overrompelt, vermeestert, ende ontweldight is geworden…. So Camphor Press probably won’t be reprinting it a new English edition. But even so — and even […]