Welcome to Josambro.com, my increasingly large website & ever expanding portfolio of a writing career stretching back to the Clinton presidency. 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)
By Joshua Samuel Brown and Stephanie Huffman
Publication Date: October 1, 2018.
“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
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 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
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
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
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
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
￼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
Use the above slider to chose an article, or hit Featured Articles (or click here) if you prefer to navigate old school.
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.
Now that the shameless plugging of my latest book is mostly out of the way, what you’ll find on my expansive website is a portfolio of 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. First up, Featured Articles:
This links to my Author 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!
But my Author Page is where you’ll find links to the books I’ve written.
My first book, Vignettes of Taiwan, was published by Things Asian Press in 2005. 33 tales and meditations about Taiwan. According to one critic: “Joshua Samuel Brown is the Mahatma Gandhi of restaurant criticism, the Rudyard Kipling of professional boxing, the Lance Armstrong of economic planning. His voice shines in this magnificent exposition of over a decade of perplexing customs and offensive odors.”
Being a Lonely Planet author in good standing, the Author Page is also where you’ll find information on the many titles I’ve authored and co-authored for Lonely Planet from exotic locales including Singapore, Belize, Malaysia, China, and of course, Taiwan, including these titles:
Among my writing specialties is food, and you’ll find between four and six articles from me in most books from the Lonely Planet World’s Best Food Series, including these fine titles:
You’ll also be able to get a sample of my more esoteric scribbling, as represented by my E-book of short stories How Not To Avoid Jet Lag and other tales of travel madness (illustrated by David Lee Ingersoll).
Click here to learn more about my work as an Author or use the above menu.
This 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 Journalist on the menu for items relevant to my work as a journalist.
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 gmail.com. (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 gmail.com. (Substitute @ for 在.)