Kevin Tsai

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Kevin Tsai
Born (1962-03-01) March 1, 1962 (age 54)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other names Tsai Kang-yong
Alma mater UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Tunghai University

Kevin Tsai (Chinese: 蔡康永; pinyin: Cài Kāngyǒng) is a writer and television host in Taiwan. He is most well known for his role in hosting the television program Kangxi Lai Le which airs on Chung T'ien Television with fellow hostess Dee Hsu.


Tsai was born to a wealthy family. His father was a well known lawyer and his family was briefly in the shipping business. Mr. Tsai went to private schools for his pre – bachelor education, and he entered Tunghai University to study Foreign Language in 1984.


In 1990, Kevin Tsai graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a Master Degree in TV Production and moved back to Taiwan. He began working as the director of Voice of Taipei Radio Station, and later on the Chief Editor of GQ – Taiwan. In 2004, Kevin was joined by his fellow hostess Xidi Hsu in hosting the TV program - KangXi Lai Le and his popularity skyrocketed from his style and banter. Mr. Tsai has also been frequenting the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards. Partnered with Carol Cheng(2 times) , Patty Hou(1 time) and Lin Chi-ling(1 time) , Kevin Tsai has been presenting the award show since 2001. Kevin is a skilled writer. He has written seven different books and many of them became Taiwan’s bestsellers as well as writing comedy material in his popular talk show.

Personal life[edit]

Mr. Tsai is openly gay.[1] During a program hosted by Li Ao in 2002, Kevin Tsai openly acknowledged his sexual orientation while pointing out that there was still much work to be done in Taiwan’s LGBT social movements.[2] [3] [4] He is currently recovering at home due to a bout of Bell's Palsy.


Tsai has written seven books, including:

  • Chinese: 流浪记
  • Chinese: 痛快日记, published 1996
  • Chinese: 再错也要谈恋爱, published 1996
  • Those brilliant things the guys gave to me (Chinese: 那些男孩教我的事), published 2004

Awards & nominations[edit]

Golden Bell Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2003 Zhen Qing Zhi Shu Best Host in a Culture & Education Programme Nominated
Two Generation Company Best Host in a Variety Programme Nominated
2004 Nominated
2005 Nominated
Kangxi lai le Won
2006 Nominated
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated


  1. ^ Dead Link Redirect - Title: "Kevin Tsai and his boyfriend of 14 years plan to retire in 2 years time." News wired By Phoenix Television 07/01/08
  2. ^ Title: "The First LGBT TV show in Mainland China, Kevin Tsai as Guest Host" News wired By Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan
  3. ^ Title: "Madam Wenying Wants to come out of closet?! Kevin Tsai voices up about unfairness in LGBT." News wired by TVBS - Taiwan 03/22/04
  4. ^ Title: "Double Standard: Media throws mud over LGBT." Article by 郭明旭 Forwarded by Nanhua University - Taiwan

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