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White Fungus is an arts magazine based in Taichung City, Taiwan. Founded by brothers Ron Hanson and Mark Hanson in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2004, it began as an intended one-off, photocopied political zine.

The publication protested the building of an inner-city bypass through the heart of Wellington’s arts district. The road would see the eviction of artists from their studios and the destruction of heritage buildings. Copies of the first issue of White Fungus were wrapped in Christmas paper and hurled anonymously through the entrances of businesses throughout the city. 

The name of the publication comes from a can of “white fungus” the Hansons found in their local Taichung City supermarket in 2003. The can contained a pulped beverage produced in the city’s industrial zone. Each cover of White Fungus is derived from a scan of that can. White fungus is a wild mushroom that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Today, it is commonly served in soup as a local delicacy. White fungus is believed to be good for immunity, the brain, heart, and skin.

Over time, White Fungus evolved into a widely distributed print magazine with an international readership. The publication features interviews and writing on art, music, history, and politics. It has also served as a platform for a range of activities, including interdisciplinary art events, exhibitions, forums, online publishing, film screenings, and talks. In 2009, White Fungus relocated to Taiwan where it has since been based.


That gesture also is a kind of gesture you make towards the reader, saying, 'I trust you,' and in a way you’re enticing people into the unknown. You’re saying, ‘Let your curiosity lead you and be perplexed by what you might find because you’re going to open this magazine at your risk...’


                               ~ Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes





Editor-in-Chief   Ron Hanson

Managing Editor   Peter Freestone

Art Director   Mark Hanson

Chief Designer   Johnny Hu

Publicist   Stacy Lipp

Chicago Liaison   Nick Yeck-Stauffer

Web Design   Carla Schollum

Web Development   Jan von Mulert



Room 5, Floor 7
420 Nantun Road
Section 2 Nantun District
Taichung City
Taiwan (R.O.C.)



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