About Us

The Wild East Magazine is an on-line enterprise based in Taiwan. We provide news, views & analysis of East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. We are a team of professional writers, researchers, and journalists with a strong sense of integrity. Most of our contributers have worked in media, government, and research positions.


Phillip Charlier Publisher
Publisher. Like Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, and all those other blowhards.

Phillip Charlier. I am a digital hippy fascinated by the social effects of technology. When I first used the Internet in 1993, I realised we had a revolution before us, and I wanted to be part of that revolution. I was particularly influenced by the Principia Cybernetica project. In 1998, I started the Atherton Tableland Netguide. I am dedicated to maintaining a web-design philosophy based on the values espoused by the inventor of the World Wide Web – Sir Tim Berners-Lee. I also believe in the adage that ‘information wants to be free’.

Senior Editor

Trista di Genova and Jean Baudrillard
Trista pokes Jean Baudrillard. It’s not the simulcra of a ‘Facebook poke’, nor a photoshop, it’s the real Trista with the real man,

Trista di Genova has worked as editor and writer for many newspaper and media agencies in Taiwan, covering travel, features, entertainment and current events in Taipei Times, The China Post, and Central News Agency. Trista has authored several books, and established the online publishing collective, Lone Wolf Press. Trista graduated with a BA in Political Studies UCA Berkley, holds a Master of Studies from Oxford University, and a Master’s Degree, Anthropology and Ethnobotany from Taipei Medical University. She has been publishing online since 1997.

Lifestyle Editor

Rebecca Kehl
Rebecca Kehl

Rebecca Kehl covers issues of lifestyle and well-being. She speaks about the soul and essence of the obvious, with keys to the outer world from the inner. She likes to grasp deep the origins and roots of an issue, and offer real world inner and/or outer solutions.

Contributing Writers:

Dr. Josefu Deyama is a Stanford-educated retired plastic surgeon and prominent anti-nuclear and peace activist, a world traveler who has pioneered several charitable organizations. He has covered medical issues as a correspondent for CNN, and was a producer for the Discovery Channel. He was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work rescuing child victims of sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia. He is currently authoring a series of memoirs about his amazing and colorful adventures (Lone Wolf Press).

Jonathan Chandler is a British cultural commentator currently based in Qingdao who has written a host of novels and published part of his series “Lowdown on Shanghai” on the Focus on China page of The China Post. Decades of experience living both in Taiwan and China have given him an unique insider’s perspective on cross-strait cultural affairs, and we are proud to be the first to publish his new series, “Lowdown on The Middle Kingdom.”

Rosanne Lin writes the fantastically witty and insightful cross-cultural advice column, “Dear MeiGui” (Dear Rosanne), originally published in The China Post. A master storyteller, she has also written for China Daily and speaks fluent Chinese.

Dan Bloom is an American freelance writer who covers topics such as climate change, literature, cinema and cultural issues across the world, and locally for Taipei Times and The China Post. He lives in southern Taiwan.

John Hancock is a professional tourist, currently based in Beijing, testing the air and feeling the atmosphere.

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