Broadcast and print journalist based in Taipei, Taiwan.


My reporting on Taiwan and China has been featured in The GuardianTimes Radio, ABC (Australia) RadioNew StatesmanThe Spectator, The Wire ChinaThe Diplomat,Taiwan Business Topics,The Taipei TimesNew Bloom and Los Angeles Review of Books: China Channel.

Since August 2021, I've been working with TaiwanPlus, Taiwan's first English-language international broadcaster. We broadcast on TV as well as online.


Before starting my masters degree in Chinese Studies, I completed my undergraduate degree in Music, where I wrote about everything from Beethoven to Brahms, and K-pop at the DMZ to a Russian orchestra's performance in Palmyra, Syria. Between then and starting my masters, I studied at Harvard, where my interest in East Asia really developed. While at Harvard, I studied journalism with former Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson.

Other work has appeared in Metro, the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics & Policy, and China-US Focus.

James Chater – Taipei Journalist