A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Chinese / Hong Kong (People's Rep. of China)

Tai wan dan qi
(Pop-up Taiwan)

Lau, Kit (Lau, Sze Kit) (text/illus.)
Hong Kong: Zhuo nian chuang zuo you xian gong si (SK Ronex Limited); Taibei: Shi bao wen hua (China Times Publ.), 2014. – [5] p.
(Series: MIT; 002)
ISBN 978-988-13476-0-2; 978-957-13-5985-4

Taiwan – Local customs – Cultural diversity – Pop-up book – Non-fiction – Picture book

Since Hong Kong-based author Kit Lau wanted to express how “he feels about Taiwan”, there is no trace of the “Chinese-esque” landmarks of the “Republic of China” in his book. Instead, it presents a fresh perspective on a multicultural Taiwanese society with a diverse colonial history: its indigenous peoples and Chinese immigrants, its 400 years of being ruled by Dutch, Manchu, Japanese, and Chinese regimes until a “Taiwanese” identity was rediscovered. Taiwan’s food markets are presented and homage is paid to its most (in)famous dishes: Taiwanese beef noodles, stinky tofu, and bubble tea. Buildings of colonial origin and “Taipei 101”, the world’s tallest skyscraper from 2004 to 2010, are introduced and contrasted by the ancient Jenn Lann Temple and national parks with their outstanding biodiversity. Inserted booklets contain detailed information in Chinese and English. Kit Lau won the 2008 Young Writers Debut Competition and has devoted himself to record the cultures of Hong Kong in three-dimensional books. (Age: 6+)