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Famous Authors from Taiwan

Updated August 30, 2019 8.1k views41 items

List of the most popular authors from Taiwan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Taiwanese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Taiwanese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Lung Ying-tai and Wang Ming are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Taiwan?" and "Who are the best Taiwanese authors?"

For further information on these historic Taiwanese authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Taiwanese authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • 1
    Ang Lee

    Ang Lee

    Two Films by Ang Lee Eat Drink Man Woman & The Wedding Banquet, Crouching Tiger

    BirthplaceChaojhou, Pingtung, Taiwan


    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    Ang Lee OBS (Chinese: 李安; pinyin: Lǐ Ān; born 23 October 1954) is a Taiwanese film director... more on Wikipedia

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    #43 of 248 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#91 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • 2
    Lin Yutang

    Lin Yutang

    The vigil of a nation, A Leaf in the Storm

    BirthplaceBanzai, China


    NationalityChina, Taiwan

    Lin Yutang (Chinese: 林語堂; pinyin: Lín Yǔtáng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: lîm gú-tông ; October 10, 1895 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Sylvia Chang
    Sylvia Chang or Chang Ai-chia (Chinese: 張艾嘉; pinyin: Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Vivian Hsu

    Vivian Hsu


    BirthplaceFengyuan District, Taiwan



    Vivian Hsu (Atayal: Bidai Syulan; Chinese: 徐若瑄; pinyin: Xú Ruòxuān; Wade–Giles: Hsu Jo-hsüan;... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Show Luo

    Show Luo

    Logic, Show on Stage

    BirthplaceKeelung, Taiwan



    Show Lo (simplified Chinese: 罗志祥; traditional Chinese: 羅志祥; pinyin: Luó Zhìxiáng; born July... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Shiing-Shen Chern

    Shiing-Shen Chern

    Riemann-Finsler geometry, Chen Xingshen wen xuan

    BirthplaceJiaxing, China


    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    Shiing-Shen Chern (; Chinese: 陳省身; pinyin: Chén Xǐngshēn, Mandarin: [tʂʰən.ɕiŋ.ʂən]; October... more on Wikipedia
  • 7

    Kai Lai Chung

    course in probability theory, Chance & Choice

    BirthplaceChina, Shanghai, Eurasia


    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    Kai Lai Chung (traditional Chinese: 鍾開萊; simplified Chinese: 钟开莱; September 19, 1917 – June 2,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Gu Long

    Gu Long

    Juedai Shuangjiao, Feidao Youjian Feidao

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China



    Xiong Yaohua (7 June 1938 – 21 September 1985), better known by his pen name Gu Long, was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Bo Yang

    Poems of a period, Golden Triangle

    BirthplaceChina, Eurasia, Kaifeng, Henan


    NationalityRepublic of China, Taiwan

    Bo Yang (simplified Chinese: 柏杨; traditional Chinese: 柏楊; pinyin: Bóyáng; 7 March 1920 – 29... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Chen-Ning Yang

    Chen-Ning Yang

    Selected papers (1945-1980), with commentary

    BirthplaceChina, Hefei, Eurasia, Anhui


    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    Yang Chen-Ning or Yang Zhenning (Chinese: 杨振宁; born October 1, 1922) is a Chinese theoretical... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Chu Tien-wen

    Chu Tien-wen

    Notes of a desolate man

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan



    Chu T’ien-wen (born 24 August 1956) is a Taiwanese fiction writer. Chu is perhaps best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Lung Ying-tai

    Lung Ying-tai

    在海德堡墜入情網, 未完成的革命:戊戌百年紀

    BirthplaceKaohsiung, Taiwan



    Lung Ying-tai (Chinese: 龍應台; pinyin: Lóng Yìngtái; born 13 February 1952 in Kaohsiung) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Vincent Fang

    About Vincent Fang's Su Yan Rhyme Poetry, The iron box of the peninsular

    BirthplaceHualien County



    Vincent Fang is the name of: Vincent Fang (lyricist), Taiwanese lyricist Vincent Fang... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Lee Teng-hui

    Lee Teng-hui

    Intersectoral capital flows in the economic development of Taiwan, 1895-1960

    BirthplaceSanzhi District, Taiwan



    Lee Teng-hui (Chinese: 李登輝, Mandarin pronunciation: [lì tə́ŋ.xu̯éi̯]; born 15 January 1923) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Nikita Wu
    Nikita Wu is a Taiwanese writer and arts manager. She was the curator of the Future Pavilion... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Chien-Chi Chang

    BirthplaceTaiwan, Taiwan



    Chien-Chi Chang (Chinese: 張乾琦; born 1961) is a photographer and member of Magnum Photos.
  • 17

    Sho-Chieh Tsiang

    Finance constraints and the theory of money

    BirthplaceShanghai, China


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sho-Chieh Tsiang (traditional Chinese: 蔣碩傑; simplified Chinese: 蒋硕杰; pinyin: Jiǎng Shuòjié;... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jimmy Liao

    Jimmy Liao

    Beautiful Solitude, When the Moon Forgot

    BirthplaceYilan City, Taiwan



    Jimmy Liao (Chinese: 廖福彬; pinyin: Liào Fúbīn; born 15 November 1958) is a Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Lin Haiyin

    Lin Haiyin

    Memories of Peking, My Memories of Old Beijing

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan



    Lin Haiyin (Chinese: 林海音; pinyin: Lín Hǎiyīn; 18 March 1918 – 1 December 2001) was a Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Li Ao

    Li Ao

    Mountaintop Love, Martyrs' shrine

    BirthplaceHarbin, China



    Li Ao (Chinese: 李敖; pinyin: Lǐ Áo, also spelled Lee Ao; 25 April 1935 – 18 March 2018) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Chiang Kai-shek

    Chiang Kai-shek

    Selected speeches and messages of President Chiang Kai-shek, 1954

    BirthplaceXikou, China



    Chiang Kai-shek (; 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also known as Generalissimo Chiang or... more on Wikipedia

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    #992 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#326 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History

  • 22
    Fan Chung

    Fan Chung

    Combinatorics for the East model

    BirthplaceTaiwan, Kaohsiung


    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    Fan-Rong King Chung Graham (Chinese: 金芳蓉; pinyin: Jīn Fāngróng; born October 9, 1949), known... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Pai Hsien-yung

    Pai Hsien-yung

    Crystal Boys, Taipei People

    BirthplaceGuilin, China


    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (Chinese: 白先勇; pinyin: Bái Xiānyǒng; Wade–Giles: Pai Hsien-yung), born... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Frank Shu

    The physical universe

    BirthplaceKunming, China


    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    Frank H. Shu (Chinese: 徐遐生; pinyin: Xú Xiáshēng; born June 2, 1943), is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Ta-You Wu

    Ta-You Wu

    Quantum mechanics, Relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum fields

    BirthplacePanyu District, Guangzhou, China



    Wu Ta-You (simplified Chinese: 吴大猷; traditional Chinese: 吳大猷; pinyin: Wú Dàyóu) (27 September... more on Wikipedia