Jason Hu

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Jason Hu
Hu Chih-chiang

胡志強
Jason Hu Lecheng at Temple Matsu.jpg
Vice Chairman of Kuomintang
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 April 2014
Chairman Ma Ying-jeou
1st Mayor of Taichung
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 December 2010
Deputy Tsai Ping-kun[1]
Preceded by Jason Hu as Mayor of Taichung (Municipal city)
14th & 15th Mayor of Taichung
In office
20 December 2001 – 25 December 2010
Preceded by Chang Wen-ing
Succeeded by Jason Hu as Mayor of Taichung (Special municipality)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China
In office
20 October 1997 – 30 November 1999
Preceded by John Chiang
Succeeded by Chen Chien-jen
Personal details
Born 15 May 1948 (1948-05-15) (age 66)
Peiping, Republic of China
(now Beijing, PRC)
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Kuomintang
Spouse(s) Shaw Hsiao-ling
Children Ting-Ting Hu
Alma mater National Chengchi University
University of Southampton
University of Oxford (PhD)

Jason Hu or Hu Chih-chiang (traditional Chinese: 胡志強; simplified Chinese: 胡志强; pinyin: Hú Zhìqiáng; Wade–Giles: Hú Chìh-chiáng; born 1948) is a politician of the Republic of China. He is currently serving his term as mayor of the new Taichung Municipality. He is a member of the Kuomintang (KMT), and has been the Vice Chairman of the party since April 2014.

Early life[edit]

Hu was born in Beijing (then known as Peiping) in Mainland China on 15 May 1948, and was brought to Taiwan as a young child when the Chinese Nationalists lost their civil war with the Communists in 1949.

After graduating from Taichung Municipal First High School, then known as Chu-jen (居仁, Hanyu Pinyin: Juren) High School, Jason Hu attended National Chengchi University where studied in the Diplomatic Studies Department. Following graduation in 1970, he went to study in the United Kingdom, first to the University of Southampton, where he studied International Relations, then to Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he received his PhD in International Relations in 1984.

When he returned to Taiwan, he became a professor at the Sun Yat-Sen Institute for International Studies at National Sun Yat-sen University. He would remain a professor there until he entered government service in 1990.[2]

Central Government[edit]

Jason Hu began his work in the central government when Taiwan was still a single-party state ruled by KMT. He was the Director General for the Government Information Office from 1991 to 1996. He then represented ROC government in the United States in 1996 and 1997 as the Director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C., before a two-year stint as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 1999.[3]

Taichung City Mayor[edit]

Jason Hu returned to Taichung where he spent most of his childhood to run for mayor in 2001.[4] He was able to win the three-way race with more than forty-nine percent of the vote. Mayor Hu took office in early 2002.

He has been trying to build up Taichung’s infrastructure since his election. He has seen the construction of a new baseball stadium, new amphitheater and expansion of main roadways in the city. He has tried to bring a branch of the Guggenheim Museum to Taichung, but to this point, there has been no apparent success in these efforts.

Terror poster controversy[edit]

A reason for the failure to bring the Guggenheim to Taichung may have something to do with the Terror Poster that was used as a part of the pan-Blue presidential campaign of Lien Chan and James Soong in the 2004 presidential race.[5]

Calming tensions[edit]

The presidential election itself was very close, and hot tempers broke out all over the country, especially in Taipei and Kaohsiung. There was also potential for serious trouble in Taichung as well as pan-Blue supporters had begun demonstrating overnight. Mayor Hu went out at about 3:30 in the morning and was successful in dispersing the one or two thousand people by 5:30. Mayor Hu remarked, "Because I knew that if I didn't do anything by 5:30 am, people getting out of bed would find out about it on the radio or television. There'd be 10,000, 20,000 people. By then you wouldn't be able to resolve it."[6]

Re-election[edit]

Jason Hu won re-election with relative ease in the December three-in-one elections with a nearly twenty percent margin of victory over Democratic Progressive Party challenger Lin Chia-lung. His second term began in early 2006 and will end in early 2010.

On December 25, 2010, Taichung City was merged with Taichung County and upgraded as a united special municipality named "Taichung City". Hu defeated DPP candidate Su Jia-chyuan in December 2010 for the mayoralty of the newly created municipal city.

Taiwanese fisherman shooting incident[edit]

After the shooting incident of Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine government vessel on 9 May 2013 at the disputed water in South China Sea, Hu urged Taichung residence to avoid traveling and investing in the Philippines, and asking for member across the party line to stand united against the Philippine government.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

His daughter, Ting-Ting Hu, is a British born actress.

Car accident[edit]

On 18 November 2006, returning from a campaign rally for KMT Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英), the vehicle Hu and his wife Shaw Hsiao-ling (邵曉鈴) were riding in was hit by another vehicle and overturned. Hu suffered minor injuries, while Shaw suffered severe injuries and had to be put into a drug-induced coma to preserve her life.[8][9] She later came out of the coma and regained some ability to walk and talk, but her abilities to reason and her memory appeared to have been impaired.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jiang backs curriculum changes". Taipei Times. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ "臺中市(Taichung City)". Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Who's Who in Taiwan". Archived from the original on 26 June 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Elections 2001: Hu takes leap into Taichung politics". 14 October 2001. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  5. ^ "TAIWAN: Jason Hu let 'terror' poster stay in circulation". 27 March 2004. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Taichung Mayor Hu discusses election campaign and aftermath". 7 April 2004. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Cities to halt exchanges with Philippine counterparts". The China Post. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  8. ^ 胡志強與邵曉鈴真人真事
  9. ^ 胡志強、邵曉鈴車禍現神蹟巧遇白鬍長者竟是玉皇大帝
Government offices
Preceded by
John Chiang
ROC Foreign Minister
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Chen Chien-jen
Preceded by
Chang Wen-ing
Mayor of Taichung
(Provincial city)

2001–2010
Succeeded by
Jason Hu
Preceded by
Jason Hu
Mayor of Taichung
(Municipality)

2010–
Incumbent