Wang Jin-pyng, "The Critical Power in Taiwan: The Role of the Legislative Yuan in National Development"


Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 4:00pm

Wang Jin-pyng, Speaker of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China
Moderator: Anthony Saich, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Wang's Address (English) MP3
Wang's Address (Chinese) MP3
Q & A (English) MP3
Q & A (Chinese) MP3

Wang Jin-pyng was elected as a legislator of the Republic of China in 1975 and was re-elected for another ten terms. He became deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan in 1993 and then speaker of the Legislative Yuan in 1999. Since then, Taiwan has undergone two ruling party transitions. The Kuomintang (KMT), the ruling party in Taiwan for half a century, became an opposition party in 2000 and regained power in 2008. Speaker Wang has personally witnessed the deepening and consolidation of Taiwan's democracy. He has played a role in the legislative process of many laws that have greatly contributed to Taiwan's national development, such as the Taiwan Province and County Autonomy Law, the National Health Insurance Law, the Statute of Handling Compensation for the Victims in the 2/28 Incident, and the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law. These laws have tremendously influenced national policy and parliamentary reform.

About the Speaker
Born in 1941 in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan, Wang Jin-pyng earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1965, and later an honorary Ph.D. from National Taiwan Normal University in 2007.

This guest lecture is sponsored by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia of the Ash Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Location: CGIS South, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA