Yatsen Chan is a native of Brownsville, Texas, who has spent practically all of his adult life working in South Texas, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and New York as an ESL/EFL teacher and as a translator from Chinese to English and from Spanish to Chinese for Hong Kong-based film publications. He has taught at public schools in Texas, at Feng Chia University in Taiwan, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, and at LaGuardia Community College. While a university instructor in Taiwan back in the late seventies, he co-authored, with Peter J. Gallery, an EFL text called The Way We Say It. He has also co-authored, with the Taiwanese writer Li Pu-er, a Chinese-language short story called "Those Cosmopolitan Liberals and the White Man's Burden."