Joe Henley is a Taipei-based freelance writer, journalist, script writer, author, and musician.

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Joe moved to Taiwan straight out of journalism school in 2005. Since then, he's reported from Taiwan, Myanmar, the Philippines, China, Cuba, and various other locales around the world for print, online, and television media.


Bu San Bu Si: A Taiwan Punk Tale by J.W. Henley

Bu San Bu Si: A Taiwan Punk Tale

Bu San Bu Si—"not three not four." To the Taiwanese people, it's an idiom used to describe the punks, lowlifes, and losers of society—the ones who don't fit in, and never will. It's what they would call someone like Xiao Hei. Talented and self-destructive, young and reckless, Xiao Hei is the guitar player for Taipei punk band Resistant Strain.

Sons of the Republic by J.W. Henley

Sons of the Republic

Greater Kinmen, the final battlefront in the Chinese Civil War between the Nationalist Kuomintang and the Communist People's Liberation Army in 1949. Now belonging to Taiwan, the island sits just kilometers offshore of China, the hulking giant threatening to take the “renegade state” back into the fold of the motherland by any means necessary, including all-out invasion.

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