Hsieh Tung-min

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Hsieh Tung-min
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Vice President of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 1978 – 20 May 1984
PresidentChiang Ching-kuo
Preceded byYen Chia-kan
Succeeded byLee Teng-hui
Chairperson of Taiwan Provincial Government
In office
6 June 1972 – 20 May 1978
Magistrate of Kaohsiung County
In office
8 January 1946 – 1 October 1947
Succeeded byMao Chen-huan
Personal details
Born25 January 1908
Nisui, Inrin, Taichū Prefecture, Taiwan, Empire of Japan (today Guanghua, Ershui, Changhua County, Taiwan)
Died9 April 2001(2001-04-09) (aged 93)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan (Republic of China)
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materSun Yat-sen University
Shieh Tung-min
Traditional Chinese

Hsieh Tung-min (Chinese: 謝東閔; pinyin: Xiè Dōngmǐn; Wade–Giles: Hsieh4 Tung1-min3; 25 January 1908 – 9 April 2001) was the ninth Governor of Taiwan Province (1972–1978), the sixth and first local Taiwanese Vice President of the Republic of China (1978–1984) under president Chiang Ching-kuo.[1]

Family and early life[edit]

Hsieh was born to an ordinary farming family in Taichū Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan. He was educated at Taichung County Taichung Middle School, graduating in 1922. He went to Shanghai for tertiary education and later graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.[2][3] Afterwards, he became a columnist in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

Road into politics[edit]

Hsieh joined the Kuomintang in 1930.[3]

In 1942, Hsieh was invited to plan the Taiwan office of Kuomintang. From 1943 to 1945, he worked for anti-Japan activities in Guangdong.

In 1945, after 20 and half years in the mainland, he went back to Taiwan as a KMT official. He became the first magistrate of Kaohsiung County in 1948, later Vice-director of Education of Taiwan Province, chancellor of National Taiwan Normal University, Secretary of Taiwan Province and Chief Councillor of Taiwan Provincial Council.

Governor of Taiwan Province[edit]

Hsieh became the ninth governor of Taiwan Province in 1972. On 10 October 1976, he received a parcel bomb from Wang Sing-nan, at the time a Taiwanese businessman based in the United States. The bomb injured Hsieh's left hand.[3] To prevent sepsis, the hospital decided to amputate his left hand and gave him an prosthetic hand.

Later political career and death[edit]

Hsieh became vice president on 20 May 1978. He was replaced by another Taiwanese, Lee Teng-hui, on 20 May 1984. Afterwards Hsieh became senior secretary of the Presidential Office. Hsieh sought treatment from Taipei Veterans General Hospital for a heart attack on 23 January 2001. He later returned to his home in Taipei and died on 9 April 2001.[4] His funeral was held on 22 April 2001.[5]

Contributions to education in Taiwan[edit]

On 26 March 1958, Hsieh set up the first private university, the Shih Chien University in Kaohsiung. During his governorship and vice-presidency, he worked hard on educational affairs and success to make all people of the new generations of Taiwan to be educated.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "List of presidents". National Taiwan University. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Han Cheung (6 October 2019). "Taiwan in Time: Assassination by dictionary". Taipei Times. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Shieh Tung-min, former vice president, dies at 95". Taipei Times. 10 April 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  5. ^ Huang, Joyce (13 April 2001). "Family selects KMT over government to arrange Hsieh funeral". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
Government offices
Preceded by
Chen Ta-ching
Governor of Taiwan Province
Succeeded by
Lin Yang-kang
Preceded by
Yen Chia-kan
Vice President of the Republic of China
Succeeded by
Lee Teng-hui
Preceded by
position established
Magistrate of Kaohsiung County
Succeeded by
Mao Chen-huan