Joshua Samuel Brown, AKA Josambro: Author and Travel Writer

Welcome to, the online portfolio of Joshua Samuel Brown, AKA Josambro, AKA me.

The first thing you’ll find here is a shameless plug for my latest book,  Formosa Moon, currently ranking #1 at Amazon for New Releases – Taiwan – Travel Books.

FORMOSA MOON (Things Asian Press)
Formosa Moon, Things Asian PressBy Joshua Samuel Brown and Stephanie Huffman

Publication Date: October 1, 2018.

Order it now from Amazon!


Featured articles 

To Boldly Go Where Tour Busses Fear to Tread

An article on alternative methods of travel by Lonely Planet Author Joshua Samuel Brown Continue reading

Formosa Moon Authors on Radio Taiwan International

It’s a Radio Show! It’s a Webcast! It’s two fifteen-minute interviews on Radio Taiwan International with Formosa Moon co-authors Joshua Samuel Brown and Stephanie Huffman on the subject of their recent book, life in Taiwan, leaving Portland, puppetry and more. … Continue reading

A Nihilists Guide to Sun Moon Lake

A Nihilists Guide to Sun Moon Lake is a story that didn’t make it into Formosa Moon, and probably for good reason. Stephanie and I traveled to this fabled tourist destination for the book, and actually had a wonderful time.  … Continue reading

Formosa Moon Launch Party!

Joshua Samuel Brown (Vignettes of Taiwan, Lonely Planet Taiwan) and Stephanie Huffman cordially invite you to a book launch party for their latest book, Formosa Moon, at Taipei’s Red Room! Published by Things Asian Press, Formosa Moon is a romantic … Continue reading

The Famous Doctor Ho

Unable to sleep (damn this insomnia,) I woke up and checked my email to find that the Famous Doctor Ho has, as the Naxi people of Yunnan, China say, “Gone to the Mountain.”  I wrote about the good doctor for … Continue reading

Wind Warriors of the Pescadores

On the subject of windsurfing in Taiwan, one of the strangest years of a life with no shortage of strange years was spent living on an archipelago called Penghu, halfway between Taiwan and China. It’s a remote, beautiful and extremely … Continue reading

Memoirs of a Dog Meat Man

Author’s Note: Outside of my work for Beijing Scene in 1999, Memoirs of a Dog Meat Man was probably my first serious bit of journalism. The brief backstory is that in 1998 I was hired by a company called Cal … Continue reading

I Get Interesting Gigs (Follow Alana)

I get interesting gigs here in Taiwan, and since I already can tell this is going to be a series I’ve decided to go with the format “I Get Interesting Gigs” (Name of Gig in ellipses). I can already tell … Continue reading

Alpacas and Kitties and Coffee (Oh My)

Taiwan’s Alpaca Cafe was someplace we’d been meaning to visit for almost a year but hadn’t made it to for a variety of strange reasons. We’d heard about it last year, a large cafe and restaurant in Sanzhi, a town … Continue reading

Taiwan Fight Club

“Calling into the ring…Joshua!” It’s a hot August night in Taipei, and I am about to be beaten up in public. Standing across the ring  (if you can call a cement square taped on a cement barroom floor a ring) stands … Continue reading

Does Humor Belong in Diplomacy?

Humor is a tricky thing to translate, which is a pity since humor is also such a good icebreaker. Last week I gave a talk on promoting tourism in Yunlin (an agricultural county in Taiwan), and while they didn’t bring … Continue reading

Taiwan’s Diplomatic Allies

Taiwan’s diplomatic allies have been much on my mind lately, not so much on a national level like will Honduras be the next to flip but more along the lines of elements within the American government coming out on Twitter to support Taiwan, … Continue reading

The Four Stages of Life (as experienced through Taiwanese cuisine)

SEO-destroying, algorithm-annoying preamble: A lot of my stories have stories of their own. This one about Taiwanese Cuisine (chew on that, WordPress SEO monitor) has two or three, so…read on or not. One of the pleasures of establishing a long-term working relationship … Continue reading

Influential Mothers in My Life

Seeing as it’s mother’s day I thought I’d relate a tale from the early eighties concerning two influential mothers from my childhood. This story is a reprint, having run in Funny Times a few years back. Of course, it’s old … Continue reading

Eight Hour Taipei Layover, Midnight Special

I used to write a lot of articles on the theme of short layovers around Asia. “Seven hours in Seoul,”  “A Day, a Night and Some Petty Larceny in Okinawa,” that sort of thing. When I was younger, I did … Continue reading

Grace versus brute force: Mixed Martial Arts in Taiwan

It’s five in the afternoon at Hsinchu’s Municipal Stadium, inside of which a crowd of about twelve hundred have gathered, their vibe rowdy, but polite. Welcome to the world of Mixed Martial Arts in Taiwan. Heavy Metal music blares over … Continue reading

Cold War Cuisine

My photographer is surrounded by waitresses wearing starch-pressed uniforms. They are grabbing his camera, repeating “no photos” in halting Mandarin. The editor and his girlfriend hang by the entrance, clearly regretting their decision to join the magazine’s newest writer on his … Continue reading

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This handy Smart Slider is where you’ll find the last ten articles I’ve published, either on this site or for other publications. These articles range from travel stories and tourism to political op-eds about Taiwan, America & cross-strait relations. There may also be stories about bicycling, boxing and mixed martial arts.


What you’ll find on my expansive portfolio are links to my work as author, journalist, travel writer and cultural liaison for writers, bloggers and other creatives traveling in Taiwan.

As my career has spanned two decades, there’s a lot here, so I’ve separated the site into seemingly logical sections.  Up above is Featured Articles. And below, four more sections with introductions to other places at

You can also navigate using the menu bar.


The published works of Joshua Samuel Brown

The published works of Joshua Samuel Brown

This links to my Books page, where you’ll find my author portfolio. But since you’re already here, how about one last shameless plug about my most recent book, Formosa Moon (co-authored with Stephanie Huffman)?

As of June 9, 2018, it was ranking #1 at Amazon’s Taiwan Travel Guide listing: If Henry Miller, Bill Bryson and Elizabeth Gilbert took a six-month long polyamorous voyage around Taiwan, this is the book they’d write together.

But don’t take my word for it: Read what Bookish Asia has to say about Formosa Moon  then go pre-order it at Amazon!

Books is where you’ll find links to the books I’ve written.

Click here to learn more about my Books or use the above menu.


Josambro the JournalistThis is the section where you’ll find links to my work as a journalist. My specialty is creating deep dive content, spending weeks to months in one destination to create stories and articles that give a fuller picture of a place, its history, and its cast of characters.  Though my current focus is Taiwan, I do occasionally take gigs throughout Asia, specifically in places where my Mandarin proficiency can be put to good use.

In addition to my Lonely Planet work, I’ve written a few hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications. I’ve provided content to travel websites such as AFAR and Jetsetter from Mexico, Oregon, Taiwan and Norway. An avid cyclist, I’ve also written a dozen or so articles for cycling magazines and publications, for which I’ve created the sub-page Bicycle Journalism.

Click here or choose Journalism on the menu for items relevant to my work as a journalist.

Taiwan Consultant

Travel consultant, tour guide, cultural liaison, interpreter, fixer. Whether you’re coming to Taiwan to take a bicycle tour, on a lengthy round-the-island social media influencer trip, or because you’re filming a segment for a German TV show concerning a local chef who cooks a kind of goat hot-pt in a walk in oven requiring gas masks, I’m a good person to know.  Over the past few years I’ve brought people around Taiwan for the aforementioned purposes and more.  This page is where you’ll find out about my ongoing work as a Taiwan liaison and how I can make your own trip to Taiwan, whether a simple customized bicycle tour or an elaborate mission of cross-cultural promotion easier and probably more fun.

Click here or choose Taiwan Consultant on the menu above for items relevant to my work as a Taiwan Consultant.



The Endless More

Authoring books, writing travel articles, editing a website about travel in Taiwan and acting as a travel consultant and liaison are only part of what I do.

I also have a long running blog called Snarky Tofu, write political columns, contribute the occasional lighter side of article for humor magazines, write and produce radio comedy, take photographs, do light HTML coding, play piano poorly, conduct strange experiments with food. When these activities produce something worth sharing, I’ll put them somewhere on this website. If it doesn’t fit in one of the other sections, I’ll generally put it under MORE. Find links to the appropriate output / life experiences on the menu above under MORE.

This is also where I’ve created a page for people I collaborate with. Check that out here. If you’re interested in collaborating with me on a future project, drop me a line at josambro 在 (Substitute @ for 在.)

Look for the appropriate section under the MORE section on the menu above, or click MORE to watch a video for the song MORE by Pink Floyd.

To contact me directly, email josambro 在 (Substitute @ for 在.)

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