WELCOME TO WHITE FUNGUS
White Fungus is an arts magazine based in Taichung City, Taiwan. Founded by brothers Ron and Mark Hanson in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2004, as a quasi-political manifesto, copies of the first issue were produced on a photocopier, wrapped in Christmas paper and hurled anonymously through the entrances of businesses throughout the city.
Now a magazine featuring interviews, and writing on art, music, history and politics, White Fungus takes a dialogical approach to the work it covers. The name of the publication comes from a can of “white fungus” the Hansons found in their local supermarket in the industrial zone of Taichung City. Each cover of White Fungus is derived from a scan of the can.
White fungus is a wild mushroom 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.
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
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420 Nantun Road
Section 2 Nantun District