Freddy Lim

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Freddy Lim
Lín Chǎngzuǒ

MLY
林昶佐
Freddy Lim TW MP.jpg
Lim in February 2016
Member of the Legislative Yuan
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Preceded by Lin Yu-fang
Constituency Taipei 5th
Captain of the New Power Party
In office
25 January 2015 – 2 July 2015
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Huang Kuo-chang
Personal details
Born (1976-02-01) 1 February 1976 (age 42)
Taipei City, Taiwan
Political party New Power Party
Spouse(s) Doris Yeh
Alma mater Taipei Private Yan Ping High School
National Taipei University

Freddy Lim (Chinese: 林昶佐; pinyin: Lín Chǎngzuǒ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Chhióng-chò; born 1 February 1976) is a Taiwanese politician, musician, and independence activist. He is one of the founding leaders of the New Power Party (NPP) in Taiwan and lead vocalist of the Taiwanese heavy-metal band Chthonic. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Metal Clone X (zh) started by him and American guitarist Marty Friedman. He served as chair of Amnesty International Taiwan from 2010 to 2014.

Early life and music career[edit]

Lim was an ardent supporter of Chinese unification as a student, because he was taught from China-centric textbooks in middle school and high school.[1] A diagnosis of anxiety in middle school made him ineligible for military duty.[2][3] Lim formed Chthonic in 1995, during his second year of university, when he began identifying more strongly with his Taiwanese identity.[1]

Often known simply as Freddy in Taiwan,[4][5] Lim chose to name himself after Freddy Krueger.[6] On stage, Lim is known as “Left Face of Maradou” and wore corpse paint portraying the Ba-Jia-Jiang in performances until 2011, when the band ended their use of corpse paint.[7][8]

With fellow Chthonic member and wife Doris Yeh,[9][10] Lim started the Taiwan Rock Alliance, and as co-founder of The Wall, helped organize two music festivals, Formoz and Megaport.[11][12] Lim's stake in The Wall was bought out in 2012, and amid the resulting dispute, both festivals were cancelled in 2014.[13] They returned in the next year, organized by Lim's Taiwan Rock Alliance.[14] The Taiwan Rock Alliance has also put on a separate concert since 2000. Originally named Say No to China, the concert occurs some time around the anniversary of the 228 Incident.[15] It then used the name Say Yes to Taiwan until 2007, when it was renamed again to Spirit of Taiwan.[16]

Lim was elected to lead Amnesty International Taiwan in 2010 and stepped down in 2014.[17]

In politics[edit]

In January 2015, Lim founded the New Power Party.[18] The next month Lim declared his candidacy for the 2016 elections, aiming to contest the Da'an District legislative seat held by Kuomintang incumbent Chiang Nai-shin.[19] A few weeks later, Lim ceded the race to Social Democratic Party candidate Fan Yun,[20] choosing instead to run against incumbent Kuomintang legislator Lin Yu-fang in the ZhongzhengWanhua constituency.[21] The Democratic Progressive Party did not nominate candidates in the constituency, choosing to support Lim,[22] who defeated Lin in the elections held on 16 January 2016.[23] Lim was assigned to the Foreign and National Defense Committee after taking office.[24] In October, Lim announced the formation of a Tibet caucus in the Legislative Yuan, with himself as caucus leader.[25][26]

Taipei 5th Constituency 2016 Legislative Yuan Election
Candidate Party Votes Percentage
Freddy Lim 林昶佐 New Power Party 82,650 49.52%
Lin Yu-fang 林郁方 Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 76,079 45.58%
You Jui-min 尤瑞敏 Trees Party 4,506 2.69%
Kung Wei-lun 龔偉綸 Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent 1,710 1.02%
Li Chia-hsin 李家幸 Taiwan Independence Party 885 0.53%
Huang Fu-liao 黃福卿 Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent 587 0.35%
Hung Hsien-cheng 洪顯政 Constitutional Conventions of Taiwan 478 0.28%
Source Total 166,895 100%

Political stances[edit]

Lim favors the abolition of capital punishment,[27] and supports the legalization of same-sex marriage and marijuana use in Taiwan.[28][29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gerber, Abraham (17 November 2015). "INTERVIEW: Metal band singer Freddy Lim talks about politics". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "時代力量參選人被爆逃兵役 網友酸沒盡義務不敢投". Apple Daily (in Chinese). 25 August 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015 – via Yam News. 
  3. ^ "Freddy因焦慮受關注 柯P這樣說..." Liberty Times (in Chinese). 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Frazier, David (4 May 2001). "Music industry prepares to pat itself on the back". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Woodworth, Max (27 February 2004). "Say it loud: `Up yours China'". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Frazier, David (22 June 2001). "Monsters of rock loom over Taipei". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Sherwin, Adam (20 January 2016). "Freddy Lim: Meet Taiwan's new rock'n'roll lawmaker". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Bansal, Andrew (9 September 2011). "Interview: Chthonic Bassist Doris Yeh Discusses New Album and Scary Touring Experiences". Guitar World. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Shih, Eric (11 July 2009). "Shooting for the stars". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Woodworth, Max (8 October 2004). "Rock 'n' roll pow-wow". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Quartly, Jules (30 July 2004). "When is dance music not electronica?". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Woodworth, Max (10 July 2004). "Michelle Shocked set to rock Formoz". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Frazier, David (24 January 2014). "Live Wire: Lunar New Year line up". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Frazier, David (20 March 2015). "Live Wire: Battling music festivals: Megaport vs T-Fest". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Ron, Brownlow (28 February 2007). "Tune in, turn on, tell the truth". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Ron, Brownlow (27 February 2008). "Rock talks". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Liao, George (16 January 2016). "NPP's Freddy Lim declares election victory". Taiwan News. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  18. ^ Su, Fang-ho; Chen, Wei-han (26 June 2015). "INTERVIEW: Freddy Lim unfolds New Power Party platform". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  19. ^ Chen, Wei-han (23 February 2015). "Metal singer to run for legislator". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  20. ^ Wen, Lii (17 March 2015). "Freddy Lim withdraws from Daan poll". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  21. ^ Loa, Lok-sin (20 March 2015). "Freddy Lim to run in Wanhua-Zhongzheng". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  22. ^ Loa, Lok-sin (10 December 2015). "DPP approves list of candidates outside the party to support". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  23. ^ Hsiao, Alison (17 January 2016). "ELECTIONS: DPP secures absolute majority in Legislative Yuan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  24. ^ Gerber, Abraham (23 February 2016). "Rules on committee members selection irk NPP lawmakers". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  25. ^ Chen, Chun-hua; Hsu, Elizabeth (7 October 2016). "Tibet caucus established in Taiwan's Legislature". Central News Agency. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  26. ^ Gerber, Abraham (8 October 2016). "Lawmakers establish Tibet group". Taipei Times. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  27. ^ Chou, Christine (29 March 2016). "Legislator pushes for harsher death penalty law". China Post. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  28. ^ Hsiao, Alison (13 January 2016). "ELECTIONS: KMT challenges Tsai over death penalty". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  29. ^ van der Horst, Linda (6 January 2016). "The Rise of Taiwan's 'Third Force'". The Diplomat. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
New office
Captain of New Power Party
25 January 2015 – 2 July 2015
Succeeded by
Huang Kuo-chang