Yao-Chang Chen was born in 1949. His family has Siraya and Dutch ancestry. He graduated from the College of Medicine at the National Taiwan University. He spent time at St. Luke’s Medical Center at Rush Medical College in Chicago on a hematology fellowship. He then returned to his alma mater in Taiwan as a professor of medicine and became one of Taiwan’s leading specialists in blood cell diseases. He carried out the first bone marrow transplant in Taiwan in 1983. He also established the first bone marrow database. He also served as director of the Stem Cell Research Center at the National Health Research Institutes.
He later became involved in politics. He was a representative for the Democratic Progressive Party in the Taiwan National Assembly. He quit the DPP and later became the chairman of the Red Party. He took up writing in 2006 and has written fiction and non-fiction, including one novel translated into English.
(Only works translated into English)
2016 傀儡花 (Puppet Flower) (novel)