Hsu Shih-hsien

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Hsu Shih-hsien
Mayor of Chiayi City
In office
1 March 1968 – 31 October 1972
Preceded by Fang Huei-lung
Succeeded by Lien Min (acting)
Ruan Chih-tsung
In office
1 March 1982 – 30 June 1983
Preceded by Ruan Chih-tsung
Succeeded by Chiang Ching-lin (acting)
Chang Po-ya
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 1973 – 31 January 1981
Personal details
Born (1908-04-01)April 1, 1908
Tainan-cho, Japanese Taiwan (modern-day Tainan, Taiwan)
Died June 30, 1983(1983-06-30) (aged 75)
Nationality Taiwanese
Relations Chang Po-ya (daughter)
Alma mater Tokyo Women's Medical College (now Tokyo Women's Medical University)
Kyushu Imperial University
Occupation Politician and academic

Hsu Shih-hsien (Chinese: 許世賢; pinyin: Xǔ Shìxián; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Khó͘ Sè-hiân; 1 April 1908 – 30 June 1983) was a Taiwanese academic and politician. She was the first female PhD in Taiwan, and the first female mayor of a Taiwanese city[1] – she was twice elected mayor of Chiayi City in central Taiwan. Hsu later served on the Legislative Yuan from 1973 to 1981.

Two of her daughters, Chang Po-ya and Chang Wen-ying, later served as Mayor of Chiayi.

A museum dedicated to Hsu opened in 2014.[2]


  1. ^ Shih Hsiu-chuan (28 Nov 2005). "Chiayi City could be ready". Taipei Times. p. 3. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ Yu, Hsueh-lan; Chung, Jake (6 January 2014). "Museum honoring former Chiayi mayor opens doors". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 April 2017.