At 155 pages, Vignettes of Taiwan is a relatively short book, full of tales and large, vibrant photographs. The book is set-up for both the newcomer and the old friend. It begins with a note on the choice of names used throughout, explaining the difficult circumstances around deciding upon “the correct” Taiwanese place names due to numerous name changes based on politics and the adoption of various systems to account for foreigners, Chinese rule, and Taiwanese governments.
Joshua Samuel Brown ventured to Taiwan in 1994. A fresh university graduate hoping to strike gold in Japan’s land of the rising sun, Brown was convinced by the owner of a small dim sum café in Rochester that he would be better off living in her homeland of Taiwan teaching English. His wallet agreed. A decade later, he still calls Taiwan home.