"Insightful and inviting . . . this text not only will elucidate Taipei for newcomers and old-timers but will also raise interesting urban questions for comparative readings across many modern cities that demand equal system, skill, and affection. Highly recommended."
"This book is a very important contribution to the field of Chinese legal history . . ."
-Par Cassel, China Review International Vol. 17:4, 2010
"I highly recommend this book to readers interested in the cultural history of Asian cities."
-Anru Lee, The China Journal, No. 69
"The inspiration to write Taipei: City of Displacements came as he pondered the city's history during one of his frequent walks in the old city center. Therefore, he returned to Taipei in 1999 to put his literary training to use by studying Taipei as a text. . . . Readers interested in history...will find a fascinating study."
-Donald Silver, Taiwan Review
"[A]n interesting and insightful book about the cultural politics of public place in a postcolonial East Asian city. Combining investigation of historical material and long-term observation of contemporary urban saces, Joseph Allen presents a brilliant spatial reading of historical and present-day Taipei."
-Liang-Yi Yen, China Review International