Born in 1983, Chen holds a Masters degree in Taiwanese Literature at National Taiwan University. He is recognized by local media as one of the most promising novelists under 40 in Taiwan. In his novels The Rubber Chicken Club, and in his essay collection Mr. Adult, he subverts mainstream values by turning to subcultures. As a gay man who spent his teen years in the 1990s, he is known for his sarcastic but profoundly sad writing style.