INTERVIEW: Jason Hsu, the New Face of Taiwan’s KMT

Can one young entrepreneur reboot the Kuomintang and change the face of politics in Taiwan?

The News Lens
Date: 2016/06/22
By: Edward White


Jason Hsu (許毓仁)

Jason Hsu (許毓仁) has gone from his parents’ night market food stall in Kaohsiung, to Silicon Valley startups and founding TEDxTaipei.

Like many young Taiwanese, he was inspired by the 2014 Sunflower Movement to get into politics. But rather than side with the then-opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), he joined the Kuomintang (KMT) as it faced a landslide defeat in the polls.

Now, in opposition as one of Taiwan’s new young legislators, he is trying to change the system from within. From, redesigning the KMT’s “ridiculous” uniforms to hosting regular cross-party talks, he says he is not only a fresh voice for the KMT, but is creating a new model for Taiwan’s parliament.

Critical of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), former president and KMT leader Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the deadwood in his own party, Hsu, 38, promises to leave his mark on Taiwan politics.     [FULL  STORY]

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