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The Matsu Islands - Notes

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Wonderful home-cooked meal using local ingredients S tory of the 'Roof'  the real reason for smaller stones loosely, insecurely placed on slate/roof , as was told by our host Mr Ma a Matsu local - 1. Nice, complete stones were kept aside and taken away for wealthy people and governmental causes. Locals from ordinary family such as themselves can only pick up small, uneven-shaped ones  from roads and hills.  2. The reason why loosely placed, typhoon strikes blow them all away and tear the roof down and these families were too poor to afford cement to secure slates. "I and my siblings used to go round the village picking up stones, having had to start all over again after typhoon struck." Harsh Military Past " We didn't have electricity until after 1971. And even when we had it, it was strictly forbidden after 9 pm. All windows and doors were covered in black cardboard to prevent escape of light" says Ma.   'B

1930 photo of Taiwanese 'Bistro' 煮賣店

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 I finally worked out how this is 'staged'. I said 'staged' because Japanese recorded their colonial researches on photos and postcards. And often there are hints about location, peoples and generally how life could be like and more importantly what contributions Japanese honored themselves bringing to the colonials.  My friend Michael Turton posted the photo on FB and generated a good amount of interests. Checked and looked closer  and -  It's more than a stall, it's a 'bistro' in three compartments offering foods cooked from 3 methods - From left to right - deep fried, stew (煮) (and often refers to 'things in a pot'), and grilled.  Knowing the three compartments make it easier to work out what food he could be serving. Left (deep- fried) - rolls wrapped in tofu skin (filling could be oyster or pork). The round thing could be fish cakes (what Taiwanese call tempura), purely judging by the color, deep fried before served.  Middle (Stew - 'thi

TAMSUI HUNG-MAO CH'ENG 淡水紅毛城 (Fort Santo Domingo and British Consular Residence)

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I have PDF of this bilingual book. Leave a comment, name and email address if you are interested. Additional Out of print by  Li Chien-lang   李乾朗   , translated in English. 

Flowers of Formosa, Dawn of Formosa- Historical Novel Galore

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  A magnificent 'Bangas' at Banqiao Lin Family Mansion. Sadly the tree died a few years ago left behind a beautiful legacy.  Photo credit: Banqiao Lin Family. A 1936 Gakuyū Nenkan  ( 学友年鑑 School friend almanac) edition of my father’s collection is used in ‘Dawn of Formosa’ page 470 to illustrate a key character’s migration route after WWII from Japan to the former Japanese puppet-state of Manchuria and back to Taiwan. Highly recommend addition - K.M.Lawson's excellent overview of the almanac is seen HERE . ( https://www.froginawell.net/frog/2020/06/a-childs-guide-to-japanese-empire/) Source:  Taiwan e-Leaning and Digital Archives Program   (https://catalog.digitalarchives.tw/item/00/66/9c/d5.html) Toshiko Sekiya  (關屋敏子)  -  g randdaughter of Charles Le Gendre (A  French-born American officer and diplomat who served in Japan  from 1872 to 1875 and Korea  from 1890 to 1899)  was a well-known soprano prior to her  suicide  in 1941.  Source:  季刊 薰風  @KUNPUTW     Publisher  19

One Hundred Notable People in Taiwan's Medical Field 台灣醫界人物百人傳 (LIST)

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  許武勇  Hsu   Wu-yung (101) The Diary of Ye Shengji  葉盛吉日記 (55) Dr David Landsborough III (4) and left  顏春輝's (65) father   顏振聲 . Tainan.  台灣醫界人物百人傳 One Hundred Notable People in Taiwan's Medical Field 陳永興  Chen Yung-hsing (Author) 玉山社出版  Taiwan Interminds Publishing Inc  2021/03/01 杜聰明  Tu Tsung-ming (cover, page 87, list 21) ISBN 9789862942703 With author Dr Chen Yung-hsing consent and encouragement, I translated the list of 108 notable people in Taiwan's Medical Field. Note: Only the list is true to original of the book. Other content (supplied links and additions) represent my own work only. (Additions: vintage photos links on the last page.) CHAPTER ONE 醫療傳道與人道醫療  Medical evangelism and humanitarian medicine (17) 1. James Laidlaw Maxwell 馬雅各 (1836-1921) A Pioneer Medical Missionary    2.  Sir Patrick Manson  萬巴德 (1844-1922)  British parasitologist who founded the field of  tropical medicine 3. Rev.  George Leslie Mackay D.D  偕叡 理 (1844-1901)   A Missionary Known as