|Vice President of the Republic of China|
20 May 1978 – 20 May 1984
|Preceded by||Yen Chia-kan|
|Succeeded by||Lee Teng-hui|
|Born||25 January 1908
Tainan, Taiwan, Empire of Japan
|Died||9 April 2001
Taipei City, Taiwan, Republic of China
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Alma mater||Sun Yat-sen University|
Hsieh Tung-min (Chinese: 謝東閔; pinyin: Xiè Dōngmǐn; January 25, 1908 – April 9, 2001) was the ninth Governor of Taiwan Province (1972–1978), the sixth and first local Taiwanese Vice President of the Republic of China (1978–1984) under president Chiang Ching-kuo.
Family and early life
Tung-min was born to an ordinary farming family in the Japanese colony of Taiwan. He was educated in Taichung in 1922. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou in 1928. Afterwards, he became a columnist in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Road into politics
In 1945, after 20 and half years in the mainland, he went back to Taiwan as a KMT official. He became the first magistrate of Kaohsiung County in 1948, later Vice-director of Education of Taiwan Province, chancellor of National Taiwan Normal University, Secretary of Taiwan Province and Chief Councillor of Taiwan Province Council.
Governor of Taiwan Province
Tung-min became the ninth governor of Taiwan Province in 1972. On October 10, 1966, he received a parcel bomb from Taiwanese nationalist Wang Sing-nan (who now serves as a legislator for the Democratic Progressive Party). The bomb destroyed both of Shieh's hands. To avoid scurvy, the hospital decided to cut his left hand and gave him an artificial left hand.
Later political life
Tung-min became vice president on May 20, 1978. Afterwards he became senior secretary of the Presidential Office until his death in 2001.
Contributions to education in Taiwan
On March 26, 1958, Tung-min set up the first private university, the Shih Chien University in Kaohsiung. During his governorship and vice-presidency, he worked hard on educational affairs and success to make all people of the new generations of Taiwan to be educated.
|Governor of Taiwan Province
|Vice President of the Republic of China