However, Lin says he has always been resilient and is determined to preserve and promote Taiwanese culture. He has resisted the temptation to publish books just because they would be popular.
“To me, doing so would be like asking a preacher to become a gigolo. I prefer to be a preacher,” Lin said.
The publisher said he was proud of having put a comprehensive collection of Taiwanese literature into print, as well as accounts, information and commentaries on the 228 Massacre.
He added that he is working on publishing books written by Western preachers, soldiers and scientists who documented their stays in Taiwan in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Although he has worked tirelessly to promote Taiwanese authors and publications, Lin said his two best-selling books were written by foreigners: Japanese manga artist Yoshinori Kobayashi’s On Taiwan, published in 2000, and former US diplomat George Kerr’s Formosa Betrayed, a book documenting the 228 Massacre, which was first published in 1965.
“I am going to keep doing this thing I love until I cannot do it anymore. It is my mission,” Lin said.