It was definitely strange to see my name in Chinese characters
The introduction is translated for me by my lovely interpreter, Jeff
To my left were my co-panellist, Liao Hongji, and the moderator, who was also one of the translators of the book Tupaia, Richard Chen
Mr. Liao is a Taiwanese fisherman and explorer. He has circumnavigated Taiwan in a one-man canoe, and his next expedition is to be a drift voyage from the eastern coast of the island. He tells me that he expects to drift north or south, according to the season. If he had a sail, he could easily make the Philippines, but he does not expect to do that with a drift voyage. I can't wait to learn how this modern star navigator fares.
The last slide of the lecture, where I describe how Tupaia sails off on a round-bottom European vessel with square sails and no outrigger. What an adventure for a star navigator of his time!
And finally, all the book signings.