179 episodes

NEW: Full-length ENGLISH episodes every THURSDAY (and other days too) - One short CHINESE episode on TUESDAY.
The history of Taiwan (1600 C.E. - 2000) told through interesting stories in a non-chronological order. John Ross is an author and publisher of works on Taiwan and China, while Eryk Michael Smith has worked as a writer and journalist for several media outlets in Taiwan. Both hosts have lived in Taiwan for well over 20 years and call the island home.
Email: formosafiles@gmail.com

The Taiwan History Podcast: Formosa Files John Ross and Eryk Michael Smith

    • History
    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

NEW: Full-length ENGLISH episodes every THURSDAY (and other days too) - One short CHINESE episode on TUESDAY.
The history of Taiwan (1600 C.E. - 2000) told through interesting stories in a non-chronological order. John Ross is an author and publisher of works on Taiwan and China, while Eryk Michael Smith has worked as a writer and journalist for several media outlets in Taiwan. Both hosts have lived in Taiwan for well over 20 years and call the island home.
Email: formosafiles@gmail.com

    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH14-數字居然也有故事?—日常生活裡的數字故事

    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH14-數字居然也有故事?—日常生活裡的數字故事

    細心一點的聽眾朋友可能會在日常當中發現,「4」這個數字在生活中很容易被「消失」,尤其在樓層數和車牌號碼裡,很多時候都看不見「4」;但在國外,不見的卻常常是「13」這個數字。除此之外,在我們的生活裡還有許多數字,當然就又有許許多多的疑問。例如說,大家有沒有想過,為什麼臺灣電話的區碼是從臺北的「02」開始,沒有「01」?在這集裡,就讓Formosa Files中文版的兩位主持人來跟大家簡單聊聊一些數字的小故事。

    ps. 因為天氣太熱,請原諒兩位主持人被曬昏的瘋言瘋語;若有得罪,敬請見諒!



    主持人簡介:

    Eryk Michael Smith-ICRT南臺灣特派員,長期從事記者採編工作、聲音編輯,也會客串DJ。現居高雄,在臺灣已經居住了接近30年,認為臺灣是自己的家。

    Eric Hsu(徐葆權)-彰化北斗人,從大學南漂高雄以來,人生的大部分時間都在高雄渡過。關心臺灣文史與地方文化發展,尤其是自己的兩個家鄉:北斗與高雄。

    • 9 min
    S4 - Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Summer 2024 Musings and Announcements

    S4 - Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Summer 2024 Musings and Announcements

    In this short segment, John and Eryk first make the stunning observation that summer in subtropical Taiwan is hot. They then reflect on the "Pacific Story," an NBC radio docu-drama from 1944, an episode that was a hit with listeners. Moving along, they talk about a new podcast for book lovers: Bookish Asia with Plum Rain Press, and give more details on Plum Rain Press, a name to remember as it may soon become a big part of many readers’ lives. Enjoy the summer and catch you next Thursday! 

    • 17 min
    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH13-引領風潮的速食餐廳—麥當勞與臺灣速食的故事

    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH13-引領風潮的速食餐廳—麥當勞與臺灣速食的故事

    今年(2024)年是麥當勞來臺40週年(1984-2024)。當初麥當勞準備要進來臺灣時,並不如預想般順遂,甚至對臺灣的農業造成衝擊。然而繼麥當勞之後,臺灣的速食餐廳開始蔚為風潮,各家連鎖品牌開始湧現,甚至還出現了臺灣本土品牌的速食。究竟麥當勞與速食,在臺灣有些什麼故事呢?就讓Formosa Files中文版的兩位主持人來跟大家聊聊。重要單字:ransom、obese、globalization



    主持人簡介:

    Eryk Michael Smith-ICRT南臺灣特派員,長期從事記者採編工作、聲音編輯,也會客串DJ。現居高雄,在臺灣已經居住了接近30年,認為臺灣是自己的家。

    Eric Hsu(徐葆權)-彰化北斗人,從大學南漂高雄以來,人生的大部分時間都在高雄渡過。關心臺灣文史與地方文化發展,尤其是自己的兩個家鄉:北斗與高雄。

    • 13 min
    S4-E15 - The Community Services Center: Director Adam McMillan on the history of a place that's here to help

    S4-E15 - The Community Services Center: Director Adam McMillan on the history of a place that's here to help

    A horrific murder of an American teenager by two other American teenagers in 1985 led to some serious soul-searching: 



    How could the international community in Taiwan (some of whom don't speak Chinese well enough to get help from local sources) aid those going through mental health crises, are in need of counseling, or simply need better ways to gather and bond? 



    The answer became the Community Services Center, a place where, for almost 40 years now, people help each other, organize public service activities, take language, weaving, or you-name-it classes, and much more. Adam McMillan (stepping down soon after 11 years as director) has some stories to tell.  



    Pics, info, and more at formosafiles.com

    • 24 min
    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH12-有借有還(?)的外來語—貿易、殖民與語言「借用」

    FORMOSA FILES IN CHINESE! CH12-有借有還(?)的外來語—貿易、殖民與語言「借用」

    LISTEN TO THE STORY OF ⁠LOCAL LANGUAGE LOANWORDS ⁠⁠⁠IN CHINESE!

    若要說到全世界最知名的外來語,那大概就是「茶」這個字,無論「Cha」或「Tea」,都是隨著陸海貿易流傳世界。而臺灣以及鄰近的中國東南沿海,也因為頻繁的與外國商人貿易或甚至被殖民,而借用、借出了許多字彙,甚至還曾經發展出用於貿易的奇妙語言。

    主持人簡介:

    Eryk Michael Smith-ICRT南臺灣特派員,長期從事記者採編工作、聲音編輯,也會客串DJ。現居高雄,在臺灣已經居住了接近30年,認為臺灣是自己的家。

    Eric Hsu(徐葆權)-彰化北斗人,從大學南漂高雄以來,人生的大部分時間都在高雄渡過。關心臺灣文史與地方文化發展,尤其是自己的兩個家鄉:北斗與高雄。

    • 12 min
    S4 - [ENCORE] The Qing Dynasty Doesn't Really Want Taiwan (1683)

    S4 - [ENCORE] The Qing Dynasty Doesn't Really Want Taiwan (1683)

    The current Beijing authorities make bombastic claims as silly as “Taiwan has been part of China since the dawn of the universe!!” The reality, however, is quite different.



    Some Chinese dynasties may not have even known of Taiwan’s existence, while others definitely knew, and stayed away. Taiwan was an island filled with “savage” native people, and a great place to die from malaria.



    After the forces of Koxinga’s grandson, Zheng Keshuang
    鄭克塽, were defeated by Admiral Shi Lang 施琅 in 1683, Qing dynasty China didn't jump at the chance to make the island “a part of China.”



    In fact, the great emperor Kangxi 康熙帝 initially thought it best to evacuate Chinese back to China, and leave Taiwan alone. Kangxi went as far as comparing Taiwan to a “skin rash,” saying it will require a lot of “scratching” once they got it. 



    In the end, Shi Lang convinced the Emperor and Taiwan was absorbed into the Qing dynasty. But only parts of Taiwan.     



    Links, info, book recommendations, and more at formosafiles.com

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

vtcafe ,

Interesting Taiwan History

This podcast is one of the most enjoyable ways to learn Taiwan history. The topics are varied and the hosts have a chemistry that keeps things moving along. You'll never be bored and it's amazing how much important history you will learn. I've listen to all of the English episodes and look forward to the new ones every week. Great work. Thanks for sharing your love for Taiwan in a format that is easy to listen to.

cryptic phrasing ,

Informative and entertaining

A great source of Taiwan history for English speakers. The hosts have a great rapport and keep the storytelling interesting. Great job with the research and broader historical context , too, that are integral to any history-based podcast.

greasemandan ,

Ecliptic History at its Best

Looking for a better understanding of Taiwan as an English speaker who sees it in the news but is otherwise ignorant… this podcast is for you!

Looking to understand history not just as a narrative but with many human interests through the lens of this unique place that’s far more than just a island nation… then this podcast is for you!

Looking to just be purely entertained with ecliptic topics both serious and not but always with hosts that will make you smile… then this podcast is for you!

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