Badai was born in 1962 in the town of Beinan, south of Taitung and belongs to the Puyuma minority. He spent over twenty years in the army before going back to his first love, writing, and reflecting on the predicament facing many of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples and their cultures. He started with reportage, but soon discovered this was not enough, and after his retirement in 2006, began on a plan to write some thirty novels with a true army discipline. He hopes his writing can introduce Puyuma culture, and in particular its traditions of witchcraft, to a wider audience. He has been awarded Golden Tripod for Best New Writer and the Indigenous Writers Literature Award, among others.