Celebrating Three Years of Camphor Press with New Classics

It’s our third birthday today, and we’d like to thank all of you for supporting Camphor Press since we launched – we couldn’t have done it without you. As a special treat to celebrate, we’re releasing five classic books connected to East Asia, and they’re only $1.99 each. We’re confident that these are the best […]

My Family’s Travels to 1965 Taiwan

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 […]

Hear Jonathan Benda on A Pail of Oysters

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 […]

Barry Martinson interview about his time on Orchid Island

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 […]

Japanese Samurai vs. the Chinese Dragon

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 […]

Welcome Home, Master author J.D. Adams interviewed

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 […]