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French diplomat's wife promotes her book about Taiwan

French diplomat's wife promotes her book about Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) The wife of a former French diplomat to Taiwan, who in 2008 published a book that critics said could help Taiwan attract more visitors, was at the 2010 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) Thursday to promote her book.
Enchanted by Taiwan's culture, cuisine and people, Mariko Poimboeuf, the wife of Jean-Claude Poimboeuf, a former director of the French Institute in Taipei, published the bilingual Chinese-English version of the book, titled "Taiwan, What a Pleasant Surprise," in December 2008.
At the book fair, Poimboeuf displayed copies of both the Chinese-English version of the book and a Chinese-Japanese version, which was launched in Taipei Tuesday.
In her book, Poimboeuf gives a detailed introduction of Taiwan's museums, artists, performing art troupes, culinary art, tea ceremony and sustainable Taiwanese ways of life. The Chinese-Japanese version includes the latest updated information about Taiwanese artists and major cultural activities.
"Taiwan is not just about the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 or the Din Tai Feng restaurant," she said.
"My words cannot describe the beauty and loveliness of Taiwan, " she added.
Poimboeuf said the book is not a tour guide type of publication and that she did not write it in a nostalgic mood or in an attempt to retain Taiwan's impression as a former Japanese colony.
"I simply turned my fond memories of places I visited during the three years I lived on the island into text," she said.
With her husband reassigned to serve as minister extraordinary at the French Embassy in the United Kingdom, Poimboeuf relocated to London in mid-2008.
At the suggestion of her Taiwanese friends, she published the Chinese-English version six months after moving to London. With her insightful observations and vivid writing, the book became an instant bestseller.
She resided in Beijing, Bangkok, Tokyo and Sydney with her diplomat husband before moving to Taipei in 2005. Taiwan was the fifth country in which her husband worked but is the first country she has remembered with a book.
Asked what recommendations she would give to Japanese tourists, Poimboeuf said she advises them to find many of Taiwan's "hidden treasures" -- places she claimed are "less known to foreigners" but very worthy of visits -- such as the Juming Museum on Taiwan's northern coast and the many beautiful tea gardens around the island.
(By Tsai Hsin-hua and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-04-19 01:21 GMT+08:00