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Famous Writers from Taiwan

Updated June 8, 2017 6.6k views67 items

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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  • 1
    Ang Lee

    Ang Lee

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceChaojhou, Pingtung, Taiwan

    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    WorksEat Drink Man Woman, The Wedding Banquet, Siao Yu

    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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  • 2
    Jay Chou

    Jay Chou

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceLinkou District, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksThe Rooftop, Grandeur de D Major

    Jay Chou (traditional Chinese: 周杰倫; simplified Chinese: 周杰伦; pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún; Wade–Giles:... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Lin Yutang

    Lin Yutang

    Dec. at 81 (1895-1976)

    BirthplaceBanzai, China

    NationalityChina, Taiwan

    WorksThe Chinese way of life, The importance of living, Moment in Peking, The vigil of a nation, Chinatown Family

    Lin Yutang (Chinese: 林語堂; pinyin: Lín Yǔtáng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: lîm gú-tông ; October 10, 1895 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Sylvia Chang

    BirthplaceChiayi City, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksSiao Yu, In Between, Tempting Heart, 20 30 40, Mary from Beijing

    Sylvia Chang or Chang Ai-chia (Chinese: 張艾嘉; pinyin: Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Philip Kwok

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksOnce Upon a Time in China and America

    Philip Kwok (Chinese: 郭追; also known as Kuo Chui, Kwok Chui, Kwok Chun-Fung, or "# 4 Lizard"... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Tsai Ming-liang

    BirthplaceKuching, Malaysia

    NationalityMalaysia, Taiwan

    WorksThe Wayward Cloud, The Hole, What Time Is It There?, Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese: 蔡明亮; pinyin: Cài Míngliàng; born 27 October 1957) is a Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hou Hsiao-Hsien

    BirthplaceMeixian District, China

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksThe Time to Live and the Time to Die, A Summer at Grandpa’s, Three Times, Flight of the Red Balloon, Café Lumière

    Hou Hsiao-hsien ([xoʊ̯˧˥ ɕi̯ɑʊ̯˥˩ ɕi̯ɛn˧˥] born 8 April 1947) is a Taiwanese film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jack Kao

    Jack Kao

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceTaiwan

    NationalityChina, Taiwan

    Jack Kao (Chinese: 高捷; pinyin: Gāo Jié, born 23 April 1958) is Taiwanese actor.
  • 9
    Chu Yin-Ping

    BirthplaceTaiwan

    NationalityChina, Taiwan

    WorksKung Fu Dunk, 10+10

    Kevin Chu or Chu Yen-ping (Chinese: 朱延平; pinyin: Zhū Yánpíng; Wade–Giles: Chu Yen-ping; born... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Justin Lin

    Justin Lin

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    WorksBetter Luck Tomorrow, Finishing the Game, Shopping for Fangs

    Justin Lin (traditional Chinese: 林詣彬; simplified Chinese: 林诣彬; pinyin: Lín Yìbīn, born October... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Dayyan Eng

    Dayyan Eng

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceTaiwan, Taiwan

    NationalityUnited States of America, Taiwan

    WorksWaiting Alone, Inseparable

    Dayyan Eng, known as Wu Shixian in China (Chinese: 伍仕贤; pinyin: Wǔ Shìxían) (Born in Taiwan in... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Joseph Kuo

    Joseph Kuo

    Age: 84

    BirthplaceTainan, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksUnbeaten 28, The Blazing Temple, The Death Duel

    Joseph Kuo is a film director, producer and screenwriter.
  • 13
    Shiing-Shen Chern

    Shiing-Shen Chern

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceJiaxing, China

    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    WorksComplex manifolds without potential theory, Riemann-Finsler geometry, Minimal submanifolds in a Riemannian manifold, Chen Xingshen wen xuan, Wei fen ji he jiang yi

    Shiing-Shen Chern (; Chinese: 陳省身; pinyin: Chén Xǐngshēn, Mandarin: [tʂʰən.ɕiŋ.ʂən]; October... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Chen Kuo-Fu

    BirthplaceTaichung, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksDetective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Double Vision, Forever Enthralled, 10+10, The Message

    Chen Kuo-fu (born 13 May 1958) is a Taiwanese film director, screenwriter and producer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Wu Nien-jen

    BirthplaceRuifang District

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksA City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing, Song of the Exile

    Wu Nien-jen (Chinese: 吳念真; pinyin: Wú Niànzhēn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gô͘ Liām-chin; born Chinese: 吳文欽;... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Chen-Ning Yang

    BirthplaceChina, Hefei, Eurasia, Anhui

    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    WorksSelected papers (1945-1980), with commentary, Elementary particles

    Yang Chen-Ning or Yang Zhenning (Chinese: 杨振宁; born October 1, 1922) is a Chinese theoretical... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lee Kang-sheng

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksHelp Me Eros, The Missing

    Lee Kang-sheng (Chinese: 李康生; pinyin: Lǐ Kāngshēng) (born 21 October 1968) is a Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Leon Dai

    Leon Dai

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceTaitung County, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksCannot Live Without You

    Leon Dai is an actor, film director, editor.
  • 19
    Doze Niu

    Doze Niu

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksLove, Monga, What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?!

    Doze Niu (Chinese: 鈕承澤; pinyin: Niǔ Chéngzé; Wade–Giles: Niu Ch'eng-tse, also known as Niu... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Gu Long

    Gu Long

    Dec. at 47 (1938-1985)

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityChina

    WorksTo Kill with Intrigue, Juedai Shuangjiao, The Sun Moon Legend, Duoqing Jianke Wuqing Jian, Biancheng Langzi

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

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksThe Time to Live and the Time to Die, A City of Sadness, Flowers of Shanghai, A Summer at Grandpa’s, Three Times

    Chu T’ien-wen (born 24 August 1956) is a Taiwanese fiction writer. Chu is perhaps best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Hsu Hsiao-ming

    Hsu Hsiao-ming

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceKaohsiung, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksBeijing Bicycle, Dust of Angels

    Hsu Hsiao-ming is a film director, producer and writer.
  • 23
    Nikita Wu

    Nikita Wu

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    Nikita Wu is a Taiwanese writer and arts manager. She was the curator of the Future Pavilion... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Kai Lai Chung

    Dec. at 92 (1917-2009)

    BirthplaceChina, Shanghai, Eurasia

    NationalityChina, United States of America, Taiwan

    WorksChance & Choice, Green, Brown, and probability & Brownian motion on the line, Introduction to stochastic integration

    Kai Lai Chung (traditional Chinese: 鍾開萊; simplified Chinese: 钟开莱; September 19, 1917 – June 2,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Chung Sun

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan

    NationalityTaiwan

    WorksJiao tou fa wei, Old Man and the Kid, Gangland Odyssey

    Chung Sun is a film director and screenwriter.