Tu Cheng-sheng

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Tu Cheng-sheng
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Minister Tu in 2007
22nd Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 20, 2004 – 20 May 20, 2008
Preceded by Huang Jung-tsun
Succeeded by Cheng Jei-cheng
Personal details
Born (1944-06-10) June 10, 1944 (age 70)
Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Alma mater National University of Tainan
National Taiwan University
Occupation Politician
Profession Historian
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tu.
Tu Cheng-sheng
Traditional Chinese 杜正勝

Tu Cheng-sheng (Chinese: 杜正勝; pinyin: Dù Zhèngshèng) is a Taiwanese politician, historian. Tu served as the Minister of Education of the Republic of China during Chen Shui-bian's second term as President.[1]

Educational background and career[edit]

Tu Cheng-sheng graduated from the Provincial Tainan Normal University (present-day National University of Tainan) in 1966. He also attended the National Taiwan University in 1970 and majored in history (bachelor's degree 1970, master's degree 1974). He is a specialist in the history of ancient Chinese society, culture and medicine.

He is formerly the director of the National Palace Museum and a research center on history and languages of the Academia Sinica, professor of the National Tsing Hua University.

Scientific activity[edit]

In articles of 1986, 1987 and 1992 Tu explored semblance between the city-states of the ancients Western civilization and the state formations of early China.[2]


Tu Cheng-sheng became notorious for his colorful and abrasive behavior. After being filmed asleep at a 2007 Parliament meeting, he was photographed picking his nose in response to public criticism. Also that year, he grabbed a reporter's microphone and shoved a cameraman into a wall.[1]


  • Going Through the Ten Critical Years: 1990-2000, 2000, ISBN 957-469-141-1
  • The Birth of Taiwan: Formosa in the 17th Century, 2003, ISBN 957-28159-1-1
  • New Road for Historical Studies, 2004, ISBN 957-14-4027-2
  • Educational Reform in Taiwan: Retrospect and Prospect, 2007, OCLC 173372350


  1. ^ a b "Nose-picking lawmaker to shout his last good-bye", Reuters, Apr 24, 2008
  2. ^ Yates, Robin D.S. "The City-State in Ancient China"
Government offices
Preceded by
Huang Jung-tsun
ROC Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Cheng Jei-cheng