Through the memories, stories and eyewitness accounts of the elders of the Pingpu communities, Chao said she was able to write what she calls a “history of the common people” as the basis for her book.
Writing a book focused on central Taiwan was prompted in part when Chao discovered that one of her ancestors came from the Papora community of Dadu Township.
“Yes, my family has a Papora bloodline, but also Hoklo, Hakka and from other ethnic groups. It is good that I have a multiethnic makeup, that I am a multicultural person, just like Taiwan’s history,” she said.
Chao compared the historical fiction, based on the stories of the elders of Aboriginal communities, to a “dramatization of history stories for a TV soap opera” and said there are plans to turn it into a movie or a theater production.
She received grants from the Ministry of Culture and the National Culture and Arts Foundation during her research for the novel.