《Torrent and Reflections》

Publisher:China Times Publishing Company

Book Introduction

Hwai-Min Lin, internationally renowned choreographer and a famous writer, founded the Cloud Gate Dance Theater at the age of 26. Torrent and Reflections is a masterpiece with 25 selected essays, reflecting Lin’s enthusiastic spirit and creation of the magnificent era on “hipster Lin junior’s” becoming of “choreographer Lin senior.”

Photo: Barry Lam

LIN Hwai-min

Rights Contact:Kamloon Woo
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8×21 cm/312/NT$480

《Red House》

Publisher:Mirror Fiction Inc.

Book Introduction

In 1955, an American soldier who had an affair in Taiwan unsuccessfully assassinated his wife and took her mistress to court.

In 1964, the Hong Kong movie mogul Lu Yun Tao gave a banquet at the Yuanshan Hotel, but what they didn’t expect was the news that the mogul had crashed into a plane in Taiwan.

In 1986, the day before the founding of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at the Yuanshan Hotel, a mysterious person from the customer service department told the founding fathers, “I don’t know what you are going to do, but I will help you. We still don’t know who that person was …….

From a white torii erected on Jian Tan Mountain, the Taiwan Shrine overlooked the Keelung River from the top, and the shrine tilted and even collapsed to build a two-story brick building called the Taiwan Hotel. For more than half a century, this red house, which has stood on the hill and entertained countless dignitaries, has passed down stories that people at the foot of the hill never knew and contains the time and memories of many people throughout their lives.

The haircutting room in the hotel has been open for more than half a century, and the image of Kong Er scrambling to pay for former President Chiang Ching-kuo still remains in Qiu Yan-zhong’s mind; the casual conversation with former President Lee Teng-hui also seems like yesterday; Miss Kong Er called Liu Xing-ming to her residence in the middle of the night, and while she was drinking and cleaning her gun, she instructed Liu Xing-ming to “tell her stories about Taiwan”; the pickled white eel was hung up in the air, and the eel was dried for the New Year. Marinated pork, a special dish for Yuanshan employees in the old days, was not sold and is now lost …….

From the time of Japanese rule to the move of the Kuomintang to Taiwan, a generation of powerful men died and totalitarianism collapsed, but the little people who toiled in the Red House walked from the old era into the new one. As soon as you enter the Red House, the corridors and corners of the palace are filled with untold stories that will eventually be told one by one.


Tong-hao Lee

Rights Contact:Austin Sun
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8×21 cm/320/NT$480

《Badlands in Taiwan》

Publisher:YEREN Publishing House

Book Introduction

The first book demonstrates two unique historical perspectives and richness from the badlands in Taiwan, the earth science history and the history of human ecology.

*How does the “Moon World”–badlands tell the story of Taiwan with time, processes, materials, and depth of formation?
*What makes the barren environment attract people and wild animals to live here and create an ecological ark?
*Why did the hidden southwest badlands become the hometown of cultural heritage Song Jiangzhen (martial arts) and Chief Shopkeeper (cooking art)?

It offers background knowledge on badlands especially focused on mudstone badlands, their terrain and ecology, economic landscape, the cultural heritage, ecological discoveries, and the environmental conservation movement nowadays in Kaohsiung and Tainan Mudstone Badlands Geoparks.

Geopark is an initiative launched by UNESCO in 1999, aimed at raising awareness of connection between foundational geology and human life, society, as well as civilization, in which the concept of “Earth Science for Society” was highlighted. Following the spirit of the UNESCO global geoparks, Taiwan geoparks-network was facilitated by the policies, government, academic fields and regional communities forces for decades.

The terrain of the “Moon World” that people in Taiwan often hear is like an alien planet, and its official name is Badlands. Badlands are characterized by the fact that the surface is extremely vulnerable to water erosion, that presenting a bare, rugged, and broken landscape all making it difficult for vegetation.

There are many extreme frontier badlands in Taiwan, of which there are three more prominent ones. One is in the shallow mountainous area in the southwest of the island, roughly extending from Tainan to Kaohsiung; the other is in the southeast, mainly concentrated in Liji, Taitung; The conglomerate badlands of Huoyan Mountain in Sanyi, Miaoli are easier to see. They respectively show the different tectonics and geological origins of the island.

The largest and most representative badland terrain on Taiwan is the area from Tainan to Kaohsiung in the southwest. It covers an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers and is about 3,000 to 4,000 meters deep. Although this mudstone badland accounts for about 3% of the country’s land, it has surprisingly created multiple perspectives for viewing and understanding Taiwan, and it has sealed the microcosm of Taiwan’s 400-year-old ethnic group development, and it has unexpectedly become an ecological ark in a shallow mountain area.

Starting from the large-scale geological scale, this book tells you how this mudstone badlands located in the western Lushan belt, how it witnessed the structural changes before and after Taiwan’s orogeny by six million years ago, and how it reflects the characteristics of Taiwan’s environment.

Although the badland environment seems uninhabitable, history tells us that humans have been living here for hundreds of years. This book combs through the past four hundred years. How people develop, choose settlements, and migrate under the environment of staggered valleys and space rotations? how people form short-term or continuous, stable or changing, and time-consuming and diverse lifestyles? This is a process of mutual exploration and adaptation between people and the environment.

Water sources are extremely important in badland areas. Through the dual axis of badland ecological diversity and environmental protection movement, this book traces the flow route and shows the preservation method of water that facilitated by local natural and human forces.

Citizen scientist “La Saipan”(gossip members) and creatures are powerful forces here taking care of water and ecology, such as thorny bamboo, land crab(Geothelphusa ancylophallus), eastern grass owl(Tyto longimembris pithecops), sika deer, pangolin, crab-eating mongoose, etc..

Although all kinds of tribulations continue to challenge the relationship between people and nature in the badlands, a group of people and creatures continue to move forward. They are reversing our imaginations and presenting a contemporary perspective to the public, the SDGs sustainable living model, we now understand it with geological parks.

We hope for readers to not only become familiar with the unique features of mudstone badlands, but also appreciate the idea of “pursuing good fortunes and avoiding disasters” by implementing the concept of geopark.


Su Shujuan


Liang Shuting


Wu Yixuan


Liu Hongyi


Ke Linghua


Qiu Xunwen


Huang Huimin

Rights Contact:Fan Wang
W x H cm/pages/price:17×23 cm/288/NT$630

《Diary of a Market-holic》

Publisher:make paths CO.,LTD

Book Introduction

Diary of a Market-holic chronicled author SU Ling’s amusing yet bizarre encounters in 31 traditional markets and the 3 last-standing cattle markets on the island. Dubbed the place to “experience the real Taiwan” by the Michelin Guide, traditional wet markets are vibrant and delightfully chaotic, much like the island itself. An antique seller picking vegetables with his sword, a rooster named KFC who helps man his owner’s fish stand, and a Chinese medicine shop owner showing off his falchion skills…Each wet market is like a unique theater. SU is there not for the shopping, but to scout the eccentric characters (shopkeepers) and discover the hidden gems in their seemingly ordinary stories.

Unlike most shoppers fighting over fresh cuts of meat, SU Ling first ventured into a wet market in Taipei as a young theater major, yearning for home-cooked meals on a budget. Eight years and 165 markets later, the vendors’ catchy chants and pun-filled signage found place in her online diary and magazine column, which eventually became her first book Diary of a Market-holic. In this title, readers can expect SU’s sharp insights and rhyming punchlines, while getting a glance into the touching childhood memories and dialogues with her beloved grandmother.

In the age where grocery delivery can be done in a few clicks, SU bonds with the traditional shopkeepers in an unconventional way, and rekindles her readers with the nostalgic flavors and rediscovers the past glories. Through her quirky and in-depth observations, Diary of a Market-holic provides a glimpse into the local life rare for travelers to the island.


SU Ling

Rights Contact:Chingwei Tung
W x H cm/pages/price:16×23 cm/304/NT$480

《Being a Craftsman: Life, Work and Social Mobility of Trailer Makers in Kaohsiung》

Publisher:Guerrilla Publishing

Book Introduction

As the daughter of a blue-collar worker, her closest proximity to being a blue-collar isn’t her father, but rather, her father’s admonishment, “If you don’t study hard, you are bound to become a workman like me!”

Since little, she has always been kept at arm’s length from her father’s work. Her parents used her father’s occupation as a cautionary tale, and it was her duty to study hard to avoid becoming a blue-collar or a mechanic. On the other hand, her father’s occupation, including her father himself, told of a dire future when one failed to get good grades at school.

It wasn’t until a sociology course in college, where conversations regarding “blue-collar” surfaced, that she embarked on her journey of self-discovery. She then proceeded to truly get to know her father and his job as a trailer mechanic in graduate school.
She was puzzled, “Father made a living and kept us healthy and fed using his skills; why did he treat himself and his job as dirt?” “Why are these old-timers so proud of their professional skills, but treat their jobs with such shame at home? ”

The key to solving this conflicting dual identity crisis comes from the life experiences of her grandparents, her parents, and the author herself. She also wondered, “Why do skills seem less worthy than academic degrees in Taiwan? When people believe that getting prominent degrees translate to getting a good job, can your degrees truly live up to the hype? And what counts as a good job? Are mechanics really so worthless? ”

This is a moving ethnography which captures authentic Taiwanese sentiments while still retaining serious sociological analysis, as well as rich cultural textures and real-life connections. The author sketches a picture of the blue-collar world where trailer truck mechanics from Kaohsiung live: they study in an apprenticeship system where they “learn by doing”; after their apprenticeship is over, they continue to refine their skills and make a living while negotiating with bosses and look out for one another. It also examines how these mechanics give up on upward mobility and are satisfied with being a mechanic rather than becoming a boss.

For anyone interested in topics ranging from the relationships between occupations and jobs, family relations, to education and industry, this book offers moving stories on the dilemma between skills vs. academic degrees, and is definitely worth your time!


Hsieh, Chia Hsin

Rights Contact:YEN CHEN LEE
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8×21 cm/328/NT$380

《How the Night Chrysanthemums Began to March》

Publisher:SpringHill Publishing

Book Introduction

How the Night Chrysanthemums Began to March is a book presenting the countryside, music and social movement intertwined.

Chung Yung-Feng is the lyricist of the Labor Exchange Band (Jiaogong Yuedui) and the Sheng-xiang Band. This book is his first publication in Taiwan. Chung was born into a Hakka family in the countryside and later devoted to social movement in his hometown. His music had been sprung up from the concerns for land and his hometown. Though he later took some places in public office, he still continued his own way in critical thinking by music and lyrics writing.

This book is written by the thick description of Chung’s hometown Meinong and the Hakka people on this land. There are his naughty and playful cousin, an elder who became rich by pig organ business, a local gangster and a relative who came back hometown from South America, also many capable and diligent women in the Hakka village……these people all have deep connection with Meinong. By their stories, Chung traced out the transition of countryside at that time. When the soil and muddy path was replaced by asphalt road, it was a sign that people had to leave under the impact of agricultural policies based on the developmental thinking.

In Chung’s teenage, he was inspired by Western folk music and rock music through his uncle. As a countryside kid, he was immediately fascinated by the kaleidoscopic music world. He was totally immersed in the works by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie and other musicians and found out the faces of the changing world. Finally he realized the energy of music.

For Chung and his companions, making music was important as well as doing the social movement. They uncovered the agricultural policies’ injustice and the severe challenges the farm village had met with. Their songs revealed the anger of the last generation farmers who sang Hakka mountain song in front of Legislature Yuan to express protest and also presented the ridiculous scene—turned on the lamp all night in the chrysanthemum farm. These absurdities are always Chung’s motif not only in his music but also in his book.

Following Chung’s words, it’s just like listening to folk music which shows the changing of countryside. As a kid born from a small Hakka village, Chung gradually became an activist, a lyricist and a worker in public office. No matter what he did, he’s still the man who is concerned most about his hometown the land people live by. This book How the Night Chrysanthemums Began to March is leading readers to reflect the relation among land, individual and globalization.


Chung Yung-Feng

Rights Contact:Patience Chuang
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8×21 cm/376/NT$420

《Visualizing Taiwan: A Spatial History》

Publisher:National Museum of Taiwan History、Linking Publishing Co.,Ltd

Book Introduction

What is “Taiwan”? The first volume of “Visualizing Taiwan” series uses 30 maps to explore Taiwan at different scales and the political, ethnic and cultural boundaries both inside and outside of the island. By analyzing the maps and telling the stories behind them, the 30 chapters in this book shows how, from the 16th to the 21st century, people from all over the world described and imagined the island.

This book is a collaborative project among the staff of the National Museum of Taiwan History. It aims to show how the study of museum objects can offer a unique angle to understand the rich and diverse culture of the island.



Rights Contact:Daniel Chiang
W x H cm/pages/price:17×23 cm/296/NT$490

《Regazing : Postwar Taipingshan》

Publisher:Luodong Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, COA

Book Introduction

There was another traffic system under the road bound for Taipingshan. It was a course going upwards with the connection and constant transfer of a railway and cableway. It sounds marvelous, but it does not exist anymore. To me, it is a challenge to describe this for I had never written a view that does not exist or that has completely disappeared.
Therefore, I diligently delved into documents. God of Luck often cares for me, so I could always find legends mentioned in official documents and meet up with them. The scenery of Taipingshan that no longer exists actually gives us more scenes and dynamism and shows the vicissitudes of life. I hope to present it to you.

The book begins with a staffer who was transferred to work on Taipingshan in the early days after World War II. It depicts that he had no choice but to live on the mountain. It was a depressed era without any recreational activities. This book ends with a Bongbong Train trip of an elementary school student. That is the realization of a dream that we have looked forward to in our childhood. This book is dedicated to visitors who have taken Luodong Forest Railway and been to Taipingshan. Moreover, the book is dedicated to the public who have heard of the railway, but have no opportunity to see it and only feel regret, just like the author.


LEE Jui-Tsung

Rights Contact:Chen,J.J.
W x H cm/pages/price:18×25 cm/272/NT$550

《Beyond Mourning: The Shaping of Memory》


Book Introduction

Through the reading of the Monuments and Memorials in Germany
Inquiring the History of Injustice and Despotism in Taiwan

This book is the first comprehensive study of German’s monuments and memorials to address the historical injustices in Taiwan. The author devotes numerous years of filed works, genealogical research, and extensive analysis to envision a future that, the monuments and memorials need not to serve the roles as they are. Through the thorough studies of the cultural practices of transitional justice in Germany, the book illustrates how the monuments and memorials, under specific historical and ideological transformations, were interwoven with history, political parties, civil society, and art practitioners. The (trans)formations of the monuments and memorials embody the ways a society forms the memory of history, as well as of those whom have been erased by history.

Photo: Tzuyuphoto

An-Chi Cheng

Rights Contact:yeastiness@cultime.co
W x H cm/pages/price:23×17 cm/464/NT$720