Yang Hua is the pen name of Yang Xianda (Yang Hsien-ta), who was born into a poor family in Pingdong County in southern Taiwan and earned a living by teaching at private schools.
Yang's first poems were published in Taiwanese People's Journal in 1926 and his “Petit Poems” and “Lamplight” received prizes from that newspaper. During his lifetime he published three books of poetry and fiction. He was arrested in 1927 for violating the “public security law” imposed by the Japanese colonial government. While in prison, he wrote Black Tide, which contains fifty-three short poems in Chinese, under the pen name Yang Qiren. Out of work and money, Yang lived in a slum and became ill. Before a call for help to the literary community appeared in New Taiwanese Literature, he hanged himself in 1936.