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List of famous writers from Taiwan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Taiwan is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Taiwanese writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Taiwan and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Examples of writers on this list include Zhang Yingtai and Lin Yutang.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Taiwanese writers?" and "Which writers are from Taiwan?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Taiwan in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Taiwan, but they're all of Taiwan descent.

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Ang Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 64 Ang Lee OBS is a Taiwanese-born American film director, screenwriter and producer. Lee's earlier films, such as The Wedding Banquet, Pushing Hands, and Eat Drink Man Woman explored the ...more

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Jay Chou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 39 Jay Chou is a Taiwanese singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. In 2000, Chou released his debut album, titled Jay, under the record company Alfa Music. Since then his music has gained ...more

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Lin Yutang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 81 (1895-1976) Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, ...more

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Sylvia Chang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 65 Sylvia Chang is a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director. In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.

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Philip Kwok is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 67 Philip Kwok is a Hong Kong based actor and stuntman.

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Tsai Ming-liang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 61 Tsai Ming-liang is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien ...more

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 71 Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a Taiwanese actor, singer, producer, and director. He is a leading figure of Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement. Hou has four movies selected in the "100 Greatest Chinese ...more

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Jack Kao is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 60 Jack Kao is a Taiwanese actor. He began his career in the late 1980s films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

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Chu Yin-Ping is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 68 Kevin Chu Yen-ping is a Taiwanese film director. Chu once said in an interview that he is "not an artist," but rather "a movie factory that puts out products to match the ...more

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Justin Lin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 47 Justin Lin is a Taiwanese-born American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3–6 and the ...more

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Dayyan Eng is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 43 Dayyan Eng, known as Wu Shixian in China, is a Chinese-American filmmaker. He studied film arts at the University of Washington and transferred to the Beijing Film Academy, where he finished his ...more

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Joseph Kuo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 83 Joseph Kuo is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Shiing-Shen Chern is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 93 (1911-2004) Shiing-Shen Chern was a Chinese-born American mathematician. He was regarded as one of the leaders in differential geometry of the twentieth century.

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Chen Kuo-Fu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 60 Chen Kuo-Fu is a Taiwanese film director, screenwriter and producer. His film The Personals was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Born in 1958 Chen ...more

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Wu Nien-jen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 66 Wu Nien-jen is a scriptwriter, director, and author from Taiwan. He is one of the most prolific and highly regarded scriptwriters in the country and a leading member of the New Taiwanese Cinema, ...more

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Chen-Ning Yang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 96 Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, also known as Yang Zhenning, is a Chinese-born American physicist who works on statistical mechanics and particle physics. He and Tsung-dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel ...more

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Lee Kang-sheng is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 50 Lee Kang-sheng is a Taiwanese actor, film director, and screenwriter. He has appeared in all of Tsai Ming-liang's feature films. Lee's directorial efforts include The Missing in 2003 and Help Me ...more

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Leon Dai is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 52 Leon Dai is an actor, film director, editor.

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Doze Niu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 52 "Doze" Niu Chen-Zer is a Taiwanese actor, film director, show host, screenwriter and producer. As a film director, he is best known for the Taiwanese film Monga.

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Gu Long is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 47 (1938-1985) Xiong Yaohua, better known by his pen name Gu Long, was a Chinese novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. A graduate of Cheng Kung Senior High School and Tamkang University, Xiong is ...more

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Chu Tien-wen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 62 Chu Tien-wen is one of Taiwan's most prominent writers. She is the daughter of Chu Hsi-ning and the older sister of Chu Tien-hsin. Some of her literary works include "Fin-de-Siècle ...more

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Hsu Hsiao-ming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Hsu Hsiao-ming age 63 Hsu Hsiao-ming is a film director, producer and writer.

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Nikita Wu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 43 Nikita Wu is a Taiwanese writer and arts manager. She was the curator of the Future Pavilion in the Taiwan Design Expo 2005 and a project manager in the Taiwan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale ...more

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Kai Lai Chung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 92 (1917-2009) Kai Lai Chung was a Chinese American mathematician known for his significant contributions to modern probability theory.

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Chung Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Chung Sun age 77 Chung Sun is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arvin Chen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 40 Arvin Chen is a Taiwanese American film writer and director best known for his film, Au Revoir Taipei, a Mandarin romantic comedy film set in Taipei and executive produced by Wim Wenders.

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Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 88 (1887-1975) Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He is known as Chiang Chung-cheng or Chiang Chieh-shih in ...more

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Fan Chung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 69 Fan-Rong King Chung Graham, known professionally as Fan Chung, is a mathematician who works mainly in the areas of spectral graph theory, extremal graph theory and random graphs, in particular ...more

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Chang Tso-chi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Chang Tso-chi age 57 Chang Tso-chi is a film director and screenwriter.

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Cheng Wen-tang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Cheng Wen-tang age 60 Cheng Wen-tang is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

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Lee Teng-hui is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 95 Lee Teng-hui, sometimes called the "father of Taiwan's democracy", is a Taiwanese politician. He was the President of the Republic of China and Chairman of the Kuomintang from 1988 to ...more

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I-Chen Ko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 72 I-Chen Ko is a film director, screenwriter and an actor.

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Jimmy Liao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 60 Jimmy Liao is a Taiwanese illustrator as well as a picture book writer. The name Jimmy is his English first name which brought about his Chinese pen name, 幾米.

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Mong-Hong Chung is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Mong-Hong Chung age 53 Mong-Hong Chun is a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Li Ao is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 83 Li Ao, is a writer, social commentator, historian, and independent politician in the Republic of China. He is considered by many to be one of the most important modern Chinese essayists today, ...more

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Frank Shu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 75 Frank Shu, is an American astrophysicist, astronomer and author. He is currently professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Diego and the ...more

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Tom Shu-Yu Lin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Tom Shu-Yu Lin age 42 Tom Shu-Yu Lin is a film director and screenwriter.

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Huang Yu Shan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 64 Huang Yu Shan is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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John Hsu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 37 John Hsu is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and actor.

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Chung Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Chung Lee Chung Lee is a film director, film producer, screenwriter and film editor.

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Lichun Tseng is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 39 Lichun Tseng is a film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor, and production designer.

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Pai Hsien-yung is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 81 Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai, born July 11, 1937 is a writer who has been described as a "melancholy pioneer." He was born in Guilin, Guangxi, China at the cusp of both the Second ...more

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Bo Yang is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 88 (1920-2008) Boyang, sometimes also erroneously called Bai Yang, was a Chinese poet, essayist and historian based in Taiwan. He is also regarded as a social critic. His pen name is found in most sources as ...more

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Lin Haiyin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 83 (1918-2001) Lin Haiyin was a Taiwanese writer of Han Chinese ethnicity. She is best known for her 1960 book My Memories of Old Beijing, a novelistic tribute to her childhood reminiscences of Beijing.

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Chien-Chi Chang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 57 Chien-Chi Chang is a photographer and member of Magnum Photos.

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Giddens Ko is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Giddens Ko age 40 Giddens Ko, is a Taiwanese writer and director born on 25 August 1978 in Changhua County, Taiwan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from National Chiao Tung University and Master ...more

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Ta-You Wu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 93 (1907-2000) Wu Ta-You was a Chinese-born atomic and nuclear theoretical physicist who worked in the United States, Canada, mainland China, and Taiwan. He has been called the "Father of Chinese ...more

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Sho-Chieh Tsiang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
Died at 75 (1918-1993) Sho-Chieh Tsiang is a Chinese-American economist. He was born in China but resided primarily in the United States from 1949 until his death. He also resided in Taiwan in 1948 and in the 1980s. ...more

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Michael Lin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 54 Michael Lin is a Taiwanese artist who works and lives in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964, and grew up in Taiwan. He graduated from the Otis Art ...more

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Shu Chin-chiang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Taiwan
age 65 Shu Chin-chiang is a novelist and politician from Taiwan. His pen name is "Lu Jiang". As a politician, he strongly supports the cause of Taiwan independence. In 2001 he began to serve ...more