Jared Taylor (also known as Samuel Jared Taylor) was born in Japan to missionary parents in 1951. He lived there until the age of 16 and attended Japanese public school until he was 12, gaining native fluency in Japanese. He attended Yale, graduating in 1973, and earned a Master's degree in International Economics at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris in 1978. His online résumé indicates that he has also worked as an international lending officer for Manufacturer's Hanover Trust, has consulted for American companies seeking to do business in Japan, and was West Coast Editor for PC Magazine from 1983 to 1988. He has also taught Japanese at the Harvard Summer School and worked as a courtroom translator.
In 1983, Taylor drew on his upbringing to write Shadows of the
Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle, a study of Japanese culture published by William Morrow. The book received generally good reviews and presages the themes that Taylor would pursue more extensively with his current organization, the New Century Foundation--in particular the idea that a nation needs a uniform culture and racial heritage to prosper.
Taylor continued to refine his ideas about race and national identity during the next few years, gathering information he believed supported the idea that the United States faced a dangerous period of economic and cultural decline because it had rejected its white Anglo-Saxon heritage in the name of racial and gender equality. He eventually argued that social welfare programs and affirmative action sustained a largely minority underclass that sapped the nation's will and health. To promote this message, he began publishing the American Renaissance journal in November 1990.