Demos Chiang

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Demos Chiang
Born 蔣友柏
Chiang Yu-bou

(1976-09-10) September 10, 1976 (age 40)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Canada
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Lin Heng-yi
(2003.02-)
Children 2
Parent(s) Chiang Hsiao-yung
Chiang Fang Chi-yi
Relatives Chiang Kai-shek
(蒋介石, great-grandfather)
Chiang Ching-kuo
(蒋经国, grandfather)
Demos Chiang
Traditional Chinese 蔣友柏
Simplified Chinese 蒋友柏

Demos Yu-bou Chiang (Chinese: 蔣友柏), born on September 10, 1976 in Taipei, Taiwan, is a Taiwanese businessman. He founded DEM Inc. (橙果設計), a popular design studio in Taiwan in July 2003 and has served as its chairman since then. He is also known for being the great-grandson of the late Republic of China (ROC) President Chiang Kai-shek and the grandson of late President Chiang Ching-kuo. His grandmother was Faina Ipatyevna Vakhreva, also known as Chiang Fang-liang, making him Eurasian.

Biography[edit]

Born to Chiang Ching-kuo's third son Chiang Hsiao-yung and his wife Chiang Fang Chi-yi, he is the eldest of three sons. Demos Chiang was raised in Taipei until his grandfather's death in 1988. After his grandfather's death, Chiang's parents sent him to live in Canada and later the United States, though he still retained his ROC nationality, it also started the departure from politics for Demo's parents. Chiang received a bachelor's degree in Information Management from New York University in late 1990s. After graduating, Chiang worked in the entertainment and fashion industries in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, until founding DEM Inc. in 2003.

In Spring 2001, Chiang began a relationship with local starlet Lin Heng-yi (林姮怡), the daughter of Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital's then president Lin Hsin-jung (林欣榮). The couple married in February 2003 and now have a daughter born in 2003 and a son born in 2005.

Despite his pedigree and celebrity identity, Demos Chiang has repeatedly announced in recent years that he is not interested in political affairs. He has also accused both the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party for "poor political tactics", especially for utilizing Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo as figures of worship or denigration.[1] In contrast to other prominent members of the Chiang family, such as John Chiang and his mother Chiang Fang Chi-yi, Demos Chiang has expressed his belief that the controversies of his ancestors should be faced fairly and left to history.[2][3] He started a personal blog in January 2008 to further explain his beliefs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 〈蔣友柏:我家人曾迫害台灣人〉FTV News,May 24, 2007
  2. ^ 李淑華 台北報導,〈蔣友柏:反蔣應放進歷史〉,Apple Daily (Taiwan),Dec 25, 2007
  3. ^ BBC那天,與蔣友柏談蔣家

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