Aug. 18, 2022

Bonus Episode: "Taiwan in 100 Books" - A Priest on Orchid Island Meets Sanmao (三毛)

Bonus Episode: "Taiwan in 100 Books" - A Priest on Orchid Island Meets Sanmao (三毛)

In this special episode, we thank listeners and talk briefly about season two (We are now being listened to in 90 countries/regions!!), and share an excerpt from the audiobook of John Ross' 2020 "Taiwan in 100 Books" related to Father Barry Martinson and the famous globetrotting Taiwanese author Sanmao (三毛).


Cover: Song of Orchid Island by Father Barry Martinson and Adventures in the Sahara by Sanmao (三毛).

Below: A photo showing Echo Chen (Sanmao) with her Spanish husband José María Quero y Ruíz (who sadly died in a scuba diving accident in 1979.) For more great pictures of Sanmao and her life, check out some wonderful Pinterest collections by Joanna Man and others HERE

Below: A picture of the late author/traveler Sanmao, via Wikimedia Commons

Below: Father Barry Martinson, a Catholic priest who has devoted roughly 50 years of his life to the people of Taiwan -- mostly serving in indigenous Taiwanese communities -- and the author of "Song of Orchid Island," which became a best-seller after a translation by Echo Chen (Sanmao). Picture via the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Below: A photo by Father Martinson taken during his time on Orchid Island. Click HERE for an interview on his book by Camphor Press.