Chen Pi-Chao

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Chen Pi-Chao (Chinese: 陳必照; 1937–25 March 2005) was a Taiwanese politician with the Democratic Progressive Party.[1][2]

Personal life and academic career[edit]

Chen was a member of the first entering class of Tunghai University, graduating in 1959.[3] He left Taiwan in 1961 to attend Wayne State University before going on to Princeton University where he completed a Ph.D. in politics in 1966.[2] He wrote his dissertation on the birth control policy of the People's Republic of China.[4] Thereafter he did fieldwork on the topic in mainland China and published several other works on the topic.[5] He naturalised as a U.S. citizen in 1973.[6]

He had two sons, David and Levi.[2]

In politics[edit]

As democracy reform took hold in Taiwan in the 1990s, Chen returned to Taiwan in order to take part in politics.[2] He renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1995.[6] Thereafter he served as a consultant to the Ministry of National Defense and a member of the National Security Council during the presidency of Lee Teng-hui, and then became Vice-Minister of Defense during the presidency of Chen Shui-bian.[1] Despite the fact that he was no longer a U.S. citizen by then, the fact that he had previously held U.S. citizenship made him a controversial choice for the position.[7] He retired from public life in 2002 due to poor health.[1]


  • Chen, Pi-chao (1966). The politics of population in communist China: a case study of birth control policy, 1949–1965. Ph.D. dissertation. Princeton University. OCLC 12113188. 
  • Chen, Pi-chao (1973). China's population program at the grassroots level: report on a field trip, summer, 1972. Occasional Papers of the Caltech Population Program. OCLC 4958202. 
  • Chen, Pi-chao; Miller, Ann (1974). The "planned birth" program of the People's Republic of China, with a brief analysis of its transferability. SEADAG papers on problems of development in Southeast Asia. New York: Southeast Asia Development Advisory Group of the Asia Society. OCLC 1422791. 
  • Chen, Pi-chao (1981). Rural health and birth planning in China. North Carolina: International Fertility Research Program. OCLC 30654877. 


  1. ^ a b c 陳宗逸 (2005-03-31). "總統府國策顧問 陳必照病逝 (Presidential policy advisor Chen Pi-Chao passes away)". New Taiwan. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Pi-Chao Chen *66". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  3. ^ 蔡漢勳 (2008-05-05). "全球十大醜聞第七名第二版 (Ten biggest global scandals, #7 version two)". Liberty Times. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  4. ^ Chen 1966
  5. ^ Chen 1973, Chen 1974, and Chen 1981, among others
  6. ^ a b "台灣高官竟有美國人 (Among Taiwan's high officials there's even Americans)". People's Daily. 2000-06-06. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  7. ^ "台新政府三要員擁美國籍 (Three important figures in Taiwan government have U.S. citizenship)". Sing Tao Daily. 2000-05-27. Retrieved 2013-03-28.