A Son of Taiwan: Stories of Government Atrocity, Howard Goldblatt (trans), Sylvia Li-chun Lin (trans), (Cambria Press, April 2021)
A Son of Taiwan: Stories of Government Atrocity, Howard Goldblatt (ed), Sylvia Li-chun Lin (ed), (Cambria Press, April 2021)

In many ways, Taiwan presents a compelling example of how autocratic regimes impose their will on a population, often as colonial overlords. A peaceful island peopled by Austronesians and ethnic Chinese, rich in agricultural output, has been a geopolitical pawn in recent history, first by the Japanese and then the defeated regime of Chiang Kai-shek in China. Parallels throughout the world are not difficult to find.

Nomad, Nomad, Jonan Pilet (Bound to Brew, June 2021)
Nomad, Nomad, Jonan Pilet (Bound to Brew, June 2021)

In his debut short story collection, Jonan Pilet explores the lives of Mongols and expats, looking for a sense of home within the nomadic culture. Based on the author’s insights having grown up in Mongolia, the series of interlinked narratives capture the cultural turmoil Mongolia experienced after the fall of the Soviet Union, painting a vivid picture of Mongol landscapes, Western interactions, and the rise of cultural tensions.

Transitions in Taiwan: Stories of the White Terror, Ian Rowen (ed) (Cambria Press, April 2021)
Transitions in Taiwan: Stories of the White Terror, Ian Rowen (ed) (Cambria Press, April 2021)

Taiwan’s contemporary commitment to transitional justice and democracy hinges on this history of violence, for which this volume provides a literary treatment as essential as it is varied. This is among the first collections of stories to comprehensively address the social, political, and economic aspects of the White Terror and to do so with deep attention to its transnational character.

Queer Taiwanese Literature: A Reader, Howard Chiang (ed) (Cambria Press, April 2021)
Queer Taiwanese Literature: A Reader, Howard Chiang (ed) (Cambria Press, April 2021)

Since the lifting of martial law in 1987, queer authors have redefined Taiwan’s cultural scene, and throughout the 1990s many of their works have won the most prestigious literary awards and accolades. This anthology provides a deeper understanding of queer literary history in Taiwan. It includes a selection of short stories, previously untranslated, written by Taiwanese authors dating from 1975 to 2020.