Taiwan's Imagined Geography: Chinese Colonial Travel Writing and Pictures, 1683-1895 by Emma Jinhua Teng

I may never be considered anything more than a 外國人 by most Taiwanese, but at least I won't be an ignorant foreigner. I read many, many books about Taiwan. This was an interesting book about an angle of Taiwan's history I never explored before: Qing colonial expansion/writing about Taiwan.

It was a lovely book, with illustrations, and full-color plates. Many don't consider China a colonial power, but it was. gasp Not all colonial powers were White Europeans?!?! I enjoyed this book immensely.

If you are interested in Taiwanese history, and want to find out more about the time Taiwan was a “Qing Colony”, how they talked bout Taiwan, what they thought about the 'savages', then this is the book for you.

Pick up this book from 南天書局 SMC Publishing Inc. http://smcbook.com.tw

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #78 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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