Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Joe moved to Taiwan fresh out of journalism school in 2005. After a seven-year stint as an editor at a Taipei publishing firm, Joe decided to dedicate himself to freelancing full-time in 2012.
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.
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.