Audrey Tang

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Audrey Tang
Audrey Tang in 2015 (cropped).jpg
Minister without Portfolio
Assumed office
1 October 2016
Premier Lin Chuan
Personal details
Born 18 April 1981 (1981-04-18) (age 35)
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Independent
Audrey Tang
Traditional Chinese 唐鳳
Simplified Chinese 唐凤
Original name
Traditional Chinese 唐宗漢
Simplified Chinese 唐宗汉

Audrey Tang (born April 18, 1981; formerly known as Autrijus Tang) is a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing."[1] In August 2016, she was invited to join the Taiwan Executive Yuan as a minister without portfolio, making her the first transgender official in the top executive cabinet.[2]


Tang's parents are Tang Kuang-hua and Lee Ya-ching.[3] Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl programming at age 12.[4] Two years later, she dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life.[1] By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur.[4]

In late 2005, Tang began to transitioning her gender identity as a trans woman, including changing her English and Chinese names, citing a need to reconcile her outward appearance with her self-image.[5]

The Television news channel of Republic of China, ETToday, reports that she has an IQ of 180.[1] She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism[6] and individualist anarchism.[4]

Free software contributions[edit]

Tang is better known for initiating and leading the Pugs project, a joint effort from the Haskell and Perl communities to implement the Perl 6 language;[7] she has also made contributions to internationalization and localization efforts for several Free Software programs, including SVK (for which she also wrote a large portion of the code), Request Tracker, and Slash, as well as heading Traditional Chinese translation efforts for various open source-related books.[1][4]

On CPAN, Tang initiated over 100 Perl projects between June 2001 and July 2006, including the popular Perl Archive Toolkit (PAR), a cross-platform packaging and deployment tool for Perl 5.[8] She is also responsible for setting up smoke test and digital signature systems for CPAN.[9] In October 2005, she was a speaker at O'Reilly Media's European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam.[10]

Political career[edit]

Tang was named a minister without portfolio in the Lin Chuan cabinet in August 2016. She took office on 1 September and was placed in charge of helping government agencies communicate policy goals and managing information published by the government, both via digital means.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d Chen, Chun-ming (2006-02-08). "別叫我「先生」! 電腦怪傑唐宗漢變性 改名唐鳳 (Don't call me "Mister"! Tang Zonghan changes sex, name now Tang Feng)" (in Chinese). Eastern Television. Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ "PROFILE: Audrey Tang: 100% made in Taiwan - Taipei Times". Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  3. ^ Chung, Jake (28 August 2016). "PROFILE: Audrey Tang: 100% made in Taiwan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Li, Hsin-ru (2000-06-28). "專題報導 : 尋找台灣自由軟體力量 (Special Report: Searching for the power of Taiwanese free software)". CNet Taiwan). Archived from the original on 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Audrey Tang's Blog: Runtime Typecasting". December 2005. Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  6. ^ Chen, Bo-nian (2000-06-28). "平淡中見絢爤-李雅卿的教改之路 (Lee Ya-Ching's road toward educational reform)". Epoch Taiwan). Archived from the original on 2004-01-15. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  7. ^ "A Plan for Pugs". O'Reilly Media. 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Author page for autrijus". CPAN. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Becoming a CPAN Tester with CPANPLUS". O'Reilly Media. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  10. ^ "Perl Internationalization and Haskell: an interview with Autrijus Tang". O'Reilly Media. 2005-09-08. Archived from the original on 31 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  11. ^ Lin, Milly; Tai, Ya-chen; Huang, Chiao-wen; Chang, S.C. (25 August 2016). "Young minister a bold attempt to solve government problems". Central News Agency. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Hsiao, Alison (26 August 2016). "Programming expert to join Executive Yuan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 


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