Also known as Dominic Cheung, Zhang Cuo (Chang Ts'o), pen name of Zhang Zhen'ao, was born in Macao, although his ancestral home is Huizhou, Guangdong Province. After graduating from a Jesuit middle school in Hong Kong, he earned a B.A. in Western languages and literatures from National Zhengzhi University, Taiwan; an M.A. in English from Brigham Young University; and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from University of Washington, Seattle. Since 1974 Zhang has taught in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Zhang began writing poetry in the 1960s and to date has published eleven collections. He started out as a modernist, but in the 1970s he renounced modernism and turned to realism, addressing social issues in a simpler language. His mature style, which blends the lyrical with the narrative, has won him several prizes in Taiwan. The theme of his recent poetry is a persistent quest for homeland, identified as Taiwan, which nevertheless leads to restless wandering.