Episodes

S1-E6 - Big Crises on Tiny Islands

Sept. 30, 2021

The Korean War is over, and Mao turns again to the mission of invading Taiwan. To do that, his forces will need to first take some tiny islands just off the coast of China... which is easier said than done. Here's the story …

S1-E5 - Rioters Ransack the Taipei U.S. Embassy (1957)

Sept. 25, 2021

A U.S. officer shoots dead a 'Peeping Tom' allegedly spying on the officer's wife as she took a shower. The subsequent trial and verdict lead to the incredible -- yet little-known -- story of riots that ransacked the US emba…

S1-E4 - Mao Really Wants Taiwan - and a Taiwanese Spy Almost Gave it to Him!

Sept. 16, 2021

Only one Taiwanese person is known to have survived the famed Long March of Chinese communists led by "Chairman" Mao. Hear the story of Cai Xiaoqian (蔡孝乾) from modern-day Changhua County, who became Mao's spymaster in Taiwan…

S1-E3 - The Fall of Fort Zeelandia

Sept. 11, 2021

The Dutch put up a good fight... but a traitor seals their fate. Here's the end of the story of how the Dutch lost Taiwan.

S1-E2 - Koxinga VS. The Dutch - Round One

Sept. 11, 2021

Pirate Warlord Koxinga's successful invasion of Taiwan changed everything. Here's part one of the tale of an epic, nine-month struggle with the Dutch in Anping, modern-day Tainan.

S1-E1 - The White Formosan

Sept. 6, 2021

How could a 'very white' European man get away with showing up in London in 1703 and claiming to be from Formosa? In this first episode of FORMOSA FILES, we look at this fascinating story of a French con-man, and the bigger …