Elmer Fung

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Elmer Fung
Member of Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 1999 – 31 January 2002
Constituency Taipei City
Personal details
Born (1948-05-08) 8 May 1948 (age 68)
Shanghai, Republic of China
Nationality  Republic of China
Political party Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Kuomintang( –1993)
LogoCNP.svgChinese New Party (1993- )
Alma mater Boston University(Ph.D.)
National Taiwan University(M.Phil.)
Tunghai University (B.S.)
Occupation Professor, politician

Elmer Hu-hsiang Fung (Chinese: 馮滬祥; pinyin: Féng Hùxiáng; born 8 May 1948) was a member of the Legislative Yuan (New Party; constituency Taipei City) of the Republic of China on Taiwan between 1999 and 2002.

Early life[edit]

Fung graduated from Tunghai University in 1970, majoring in chemistry. He then completed his Master's degree at National Taiwan University in 1974. After that, Fung went to America and earned a Ph.D. at Boston University in 1978.

Political career[edit]

He was a secretary to President Chiang Ching-kuo from 1979 to 1986; advisor to the Premier from 1991 to 1992; an honorary chairman of the Service Centre Across the Taiwan Strait; and a member of the National Assembly. In 1986, Chen Shui-bian was jailed for eight months for libel after his pro-opposition magazine accused, among other things, Fung of plagiarism. His argument in court was he merely translated an English book for his Doctoral Thesis. It is translation, therefore not plagiarism. The court ruled in his favor and sentenced Chen Shui-bian to jail for libel.

He ran for vice-presidency in the 2000 election as the running mate of Li Ao on the New Party ticket.

2000 Republic of China Presidential Election Result
Political affiliation Candidate Votes
President Vice President Total votes Percentage
Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party Chen Shui-bian Annette Lu 4,977,737 39.3%
Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent James Soong Chang Chau-hsiung 4,664,932 36.8%
Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang Lien Chan Vincent Siew 2,925,513 23.1%
Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent Hsu Hsin-liang Josephine Chu 79,429 0.63%
LogoCNP.svg New Party Li Ao Elmer Fung 16,782 0.13%
Total 12,786,671 82.69% voter turnout
Valid votes 12,664,393
Invalid votes 122,278

In February 2004 a Taiwan-based foreign labourers' organization publicly accused Fung of raping his Filipina housekeeper in November 2003. On July 8, 2005 the presiding judge found him guilty based on matching DNA evidence. Fung, alleging political persecution by the ruling DPP, maintains his innocence. The alleged rape victim in Philippine volunteered to appear in a video denying the rape incident. He presented the video to the court, trying to overturn the court decision against him.

Academic career[edit]

Fung became the head of the Department of Philosophy of Tunghai University in 1979. He co-chaired the Research Center of Philosophy of the same college from 1983 to 1986.

After leaving Tunghai, Fung served as the Dean of College of Liberal Arts of National Central University from 1986 to 1988.

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