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 […]