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David Reid in Taichung

About David

I am Australian and I first came to Taiwan in 1999 and spent a year teaching English and studying Chinese. I had studied Chinese in my final year at university and wanted to go to Taiwan or China to learn to speak Mandarin and also experience living and working in a foreign country. I returned to Taiwan for six months in 2002, before leaving to work for a Taiwanese company in Fujian Province, China. I have travelled extensively throughout Asia and also spent time living and working in China, Thailand and India.

In April 2006 I once again returned to Taiwan and have been living here continuously since then. I graduated from the International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University (NCCU; 國立政治大學) in April 2010. My thesis was titled, “Indigenous Rights in Taiwan and the Smangus Case” (link to pdf file). I am now living in Taichung and working as a research assistant in the Research Centre for Austronesian Peoples at Providence University (靜宜大學).

I am an author at Global Voices Online. My writings have also been published in the Bangkok Post, Xiamen Daily, Seeds of Peace, Highway 11 magazine and at

You can follow me on Twitter at @davidonformosa.

About this blog

This blog began in February 2005. The blog was originally hosted at Blogger, but moved to its own domain and the WordPress platform in August 2006. It is currently hosted by AN Hosting. I started the blog because I wanted to write more about Taiwan and cover a wider range of topics than was possible on my website, David’s Guide to Taiwan. David’s Guide to Taiwan is now part of Taiwanderful – Taiwan Travel & Culture Guide, a community website created by fiLi and myself.


The photos on this blog are taken with a Canon 400D digital SLR which I purchased in April 2008. I previously used a Fujifilm Finepix s5500 and a Nikon Coolpix 5200 digital camera. If you have any questions about a photo just leave a comment. Please respect copyright and don’t use my photos without permission.

You can find a selection of my best Taiwan photos at flickr. I have also created a photo gallery with a range of photos depicting various aspects of life in Taiwan. Some of my photos are available for licencing via Demotix. My photos have been published in National Geographic, Sky Couch magazine and several books.

Commenting policy

Comments are welcome in either English or Chinese. I respect a diversity of opinions but please try to be polite. Comments may be deleted for the following reasons:

  1. Hate speech,
  2. Link spam,
  3. Off topic or excessively long.

I reserve the right to edit comments or to republish them on this blog. Where I have edited comments I will clearly indicate this. I may translate comments in Chinese into English if they are interesting to other readers. Comments are closed after 30 days. If you wish to comment on an old post please send me an e-mail.


All material on this blog is copyright. Please do not copy articles or use photos without permission. You are welcome to link to any page of this blog and quote sections of articles in relevant context. I am quite generous towards anyone who might like to use the contents of this blog for education or non-profit purposes. Don’t be afraid to contact me.

Advertising and affiliate programs

The only currently active affiliate program is Affilliate links appear on the site and may occasionally appear within posts. There are paid for text links on the blog but these do not occur within the text of any articles. The blog has Google Adsense as well.

The affiliate programs and advertising allow me to earn a small amount of money to cover the hosting costs and hopefully a little more. If you are interested in advertising on this blog please contact me.

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