one of the things i got peter on his last birthday was a book on old taiwanese illustrations, toys, etc. it’s full of nostalgia for people of a certain age who grew up in taiwan. of course not being taiwanese and obviously not growing up here means for me there isn’t much direct nostalgia in the book, but still lots of great illustrations that are fun and kooky. some things need no direct translation.

the paper dolls i found a bit scary:

after i bought this book for peter, i soon realized i needed to pick up a copy to give to my friend cindy as part of a small care package i was planning to send her. well, she’s recently posted a nice write up on the book. the book is all in chinese(well, what writing there is), so it’s nice to read something in english that explains what some of this stuff is.