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ISBN :9789869857307, 9789869857314, 9789869857338 / Pages : 162, 182, 176

Son of Formosa 1-3

Author Pei-Yun Yu, Jian-Xin Zhou
Illustrator Jian-Xin Zhou
Award Taipei Book Fair Prize/ Children's and Young Adult/ First Prize

*Like Persepolis, Son of Formosa explores Taiwan’s contemporary history through the story of an ordinary person. *The simple yet gracefully drawn lines depicts the protagonist’s joy and sorrow. Different periods of his life are vividly represented in various styles. *The pleasant and lively plot is narrated elaborately with tenderness. *The tale reveals an ordinary person’s perseverance despite the hardships he faces in turbulent times. This is an autobiographical graphic novel that details the life of Tsai Kun-lin, who was born in Qingshui, Taichung in 1930s Taiwan and lived through the Japanese rule, Chinese Nationalist Party's retreat to Taiwan, the White Terror period and the democratization process after the lifting of martial law. The complete publication consists of four volumes, each portraying a different period of the protagonist’s life.


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Young Adult13-18
Slowork Publishing
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Japanese, French
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Slowork Publishing
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Pei-Shan Huang
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  • Focuses on publishing original graphic novels, with “diversity” at the core and “exploring truth” as the creative starting point. Assembles creators from countries across East Asia and South-East Asia to search for an illustrated narrative style that belongs uniquely to Asia.