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 the book and the period, wrote the introduction for our new edition. Recently he spoke to Keith Menconi of ICRT about Sneider’s time in Taiwan, the reception of the book, and its importance to modern readers.


Keith’s show Taiwan Talk covers a range of fascinating topics to do with Taiwan – if you’re interested in the country we highly recommend you subscribe (for free!) and download the podcasts.

Vern Sneider

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