Johnny Ning Chao, who was born in Xi’an, Shanxi province in 1943, moved to Taiwan when he was three years old and graduated from National Taiwan University in political science in 1965. In 1968, Chao came to the U.S. to study. He received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1971 and a doctorate degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1979.
Chao was a famous writer in Taiwan, and his works include “Zhao Ning’s Diary of Studying Abroad in the U.S.” (1971), “When the wind started” (1976), “On the road” (1980), “Zhao Ning’s Collection of Poetry and Comics” (1985), “What love is: Zhao Ning’s 99 letters” (1990), “Sweet Baby” (1995), “Zhao Chafang: Talking Cheerfully and Humorously” (2003), and other publications. Chao went by the name “Zhao Chafang,” which became well-known in Taiwan.
In addition to being a writer, Chao served as a host or co-host on many television shows and radio programs, including “The Big Dipper”, “Women Women,” and “Growing up with me.”
Furthermore, Chao served successively as the chief editor of “China Times,” consultant at the Chinese Television Service (CTS), chair of department of Chinese communication at National Taiwan Normal University, representative of National Assembly, senior committee member of John Tung Foundation, and president of Fo Guang College of Humanities and Society (Fo Guang University).
He received many honors including the Golden Horse Award for best movie music lyrics, Golden Goblet Award from the Republic of China Comics Society, Golden Bell Award for the best variety show host, among others.