A Chinese/English bilingual picture book about military cultural heritage sites in the Taiwan Strait
Years ago, Pete’s grandfather served in the military in Matsu, a group of small islands located between Taiwan and China.
This engaging picture book takes young readers back in time, as Grandfather tells Pete exciting stories about how the troops constructed countless tunnels, air-raid shelters, underground harbors, and other fortifications along the rugged coastlines of the Matsu Islands.
These extraordinary works of craftsmanship are a testimony to the Matsu Islands’ historic role as a “front line” of defense for Taiwan on the northern tip of the Taiwan Strait. Now gradually open to tourists for recreational use, military structures built during the Cold War form an important part of Matsu’s cultural heritage.
Stories from the Matsu Islands will undoubtedly resonate with many people from across the world whose lives were deeply affected by the Cold War. They may echo similar experiences found along important political fault lines, including the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany, as well as the DMZ between the two Koreas.
“Grandpa, have you ever stayed in one of those tunnels?” Pete asked.
“Inside those tunnels were cannon openings, shooting platforms, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms... even pigs were kept there!” Grandfather exclaimed.
Join Grandfather and Pete as they retell the experiences of both the troops and local residents in Matsu, in a magnificent landscape hand-carved by shovels and pickaxes. As the mystery that once veiled the strongholds has fallen, visitors also gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating part of history.