About David

My first stay in Taiwan was in 1999 when I spent a year teaching English and studying Chinese. I then returned to Taiwan for a few months in 2002. In 2006 I once again returned to Taiwan and lived there continuously for five years. I left Taiwan in 2011 and am now living in Australia.

I graduated from the International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University (NCCU; 國立政治大學) in 2010. My thesis was titled, “Indigenous Rights in Taiwan and the Smangus Case” (download the pdf file). I also wrote a book chapter based on my thesis research titled “Nation vs. Tradition: Indigenous Rights and Smangus” which was published in the book Taiwan Since Martial Law. The book is a useful resource for students of Taiwan Studies and anyone who wants to better understand contemporary Taiwan.

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. In June 2017 I redirected the blog.taiwan-guide.org domain to davidonformosa.net/blog-archive. The blog is now being kept online as an archive and there will be no further updates.


All material on this blog is copyright. However, I welcome sharing and re-use in line with fair use conditions. In general, you can use one or two photos or the text of an article for non-commercial purposes as long as credit is given. Please contact me if you have any further questions.