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 […]

Koxinga vs. the Dutch on Formosa: a book from 1675

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 […]

Linda Gail Arrigo to speak at SOAS

Dr. Linda Gail Arrigo, author of A Borrowed Voice: Taiwan Human Rights through International Networks, 1960-1980 (forthcoming from Camphor Press) will be lecturing this Friday in London on “The Social Origins of the Taiwan Democratic Movement: The Making of Formosa Magazine.” For details, see the announcement by SOAS’s Centre of Taiwan Studies.

ICRT Interview with Co-founder Michael Cannings

It was a real pleasure to appear on Keith Menconi’s Taiwan Talk show on ICRT, Taiwan’s community radio. The interview, which was broadcast in two parts on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August, is now available as a podcast. You can listen online to the whole interview (just click play below).   Alternatively, you can […]

The Kiss of Lady X: a new film by Camphor Press author T.C. Lin (T.C. Locke)

This is a busy week for T.C. Locke (a.k.a. T.C. Lin). There’s an exhibition in Hangzhou, China of his photos. Camphor Press has just issued his terrific new book, Barbarian at the Gate: From the American Suburbs to the Taiwanese Army. And, what’s more, his movie The Kiss of Lady X will have its premiere […]

The Vermilion Pencil

Michael Turton recently noted that the ashes of Homer Lea are interred in Taipei’s Beitou District. Lea was an all-around colorful character and an adviser to Sun Yat-sen. He was also the author of a pretty awful melodramatic novel, The Vermilion Pencil; a Romance of China (1908). Here’s a selection. Enjoy! The Bay of Tai Wan, […]

Owen Rutter's Through Formosa released today

We’re very happy to be able to publish a new and improved version of Through Formosa, a fascinating look at Taiwan during the Japanese era. Besides a beautifully formatted edition of the original book, there is also an excellent introduction bringing the time and place to life, and copious notes for the modern reader explaining […]