Laway Dalay was born in 1961 to the Amis Tribe of Taitung, Taiwan. After graduating from a vocational high school, he went to work in northern Taiwan at age 18. He worked as a draftsman, as a model maker, and as an equipment operator. Before his military service, he was lucky enough to be a restaurant singer for six months.
During his childhood, he was passionate about painting and insisted on working with art-related items after his military service.
When Director Laway was small, his father began working as crew on fishing boats out of the port of Kaohsiung. All through his youth, Laway’s mother took him by Kinmen bus from Taitung to Kaohsiung to visit his father every year or two.