Kevin Chen: A Beacon for Marginalized Voices
 – Taiwan

Struggling with his own gay identity while growing up in an environment filled with patriarchal expectations, Kevin Chen's works are an act of redemption and a means of survival. His narratives are vividly diverse and complex, contrasting the intense emotional pain of his protagonists with the colorful worlds they inhabit. Chen's writing is lively, playful, and sometimes deconstructive, turning traditional Chinese literary forms on their head and often breaking them down only to rebuild them anew. Through his dynamic and transformative approach to storytelling, Kevin Chen not only entertains but also challenges and educates, making him a vital voice for marginalized communities. His acclaimed work Ghost Town, set in his hometown, has resonated internationally, with rights sold in twelve languages. This global reach underscores the universal appeal of his themes and the profound impact of his voice across cultures.