Huang Kuo-chang

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Huang Kuo-chang
Member of the Legislative Yuan
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Preceded by Lee Ching-hua
Constituency New Taipei 12th
Leader of New Power Party
Assumed office
13 September 2015
Preceded by Freddy Lim (as Party-building Captain)
Personal details
Born (1973-08-19) 19 August 1973 (age 45)
Xizhi, Taipei County, Taiwan
Political party New Power Party
Alma mater Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School
National Taiwan University (B.L.)
Cornell Law School (LL.M)
Cornell Law School (J.S.D)

Huang Kuo-chang (Chinese: 黃國昌; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Kok-chhiong, born (1973-08-19)19 August 1973) is a Taiwanese nationalist politician, activist, legal scholar, researcher and writer. He is one of the lead figures of the Sunflower Student Movement and he joined the New Power Party shortly after the Movement. He has been the chairperson of the New Power Party since 2015.

Early life[edit]

Huang Kuo-chang was born into a traditional farming family in Xizhi Township, Taipei County. He graduated from National Taiwan University in 1995, and he continued his education at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for a master's degree and a doctorate.[1]

Political career[edit]

One of the lead figures of the Sunflower Student Movement, Huang joined the New Power Party in May 2015,[2] and was named acting chairperson in July.[3][4] That same month, Huang announced that he would enter the legislative election in 2016 as a New Power Party candidate for the 12th constituency of New Taipei City. The constituency, which includes Xizhi, Ruifang, Jinshan, Wanli, Pingxi, Shuangxi and Gongliao, was represented by incumbent Kuomintang legislator Lee Ching-hua.[5] In September, the NPP announced that Huang would serve on a seven-member committee of party leaders, which included Freddy Lim and Neil Peng.[6] As the Democratic Progressive Party did not fill in candidates in the constituency, in order to support Huang. In the elections held on 16 January 2016, Huang beat the incumbent Lee and won the seat in the legislature.[7] After taking office, Huang was assigned to the Finance Committee.[8]

Court proceedings against 21 protesters began in June 2016. First to be charged with various offenses included Chen Wei-ting, Huang Kuo-chang, and Lin Fei-fan.[9] In a March 2017 Taipei District Court decision, Chen, Huang and Lin were acquitted of incitement charges.[10]

On 16 December 2017, a recall election was held against Huang over his controversial stance on same-sex marriage, among other things.[11] Votes in favor of the recall outnumbered those against, but fell short of the required threshold, one-fourth of the district's total electorate.[12]


  • Journal Articles
    • Kuo-Chang Huang, Kong-Pin Chen, Chang-Ching Lin, 2015, "Party Capability versus Court Preference: Why do the "Haves" Come Out Ahead?-An Empirical Lesson from the Taiwan Supreme Court", JOURNAL OF LAW ECONOMICS & ORGANIZATION, 31(1), 93–126. (SSCI) (IF: 1.036; SSCI ranking: 37.7%,30.5%)
    • Kuo-Chang Huang, Chang-Ching Lin, & Kong-Pin Chen, 2014, "Do Rich and Poor Behave Similarly in Seeking Legal Advice? Lessons from Taiwan in Comparative Perspective", LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW, 48(1), 193–223. (SSCI) (IF: 1.31; SSCI ranking: 22.1%,21.2%)
    • Kuo-Chang Huang & Chang-Ching Lin, 2014, "Mock Jury Trials in Taiwan—Paving theGround for Introducing Lay Participation", LAW AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 38(4), 367–377. (SSCI) (IF: 2.153; SSCI ranking: 7.6%,16.7%)
  • Book Chapters
    • Kuo-Chang Huang, accepted, "The Effect of Stakes on Settlement—An Empirical Lesson from Taiwan", editor(s): THEODORE EISENBERG, GIOVANNI BATTISTA RAMELLO EDS, RESEARCH HANDBOOKS IN COMPARATIVE LAW AND ECONOMICS, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
    • Kuo-Chang Huang, accepted, "Using Associations as a Vehicle for Class Action—The Case of Taiwan", editor(s): DEBORAH HENSLER, CHRIST HODGE EDS, CLASS ACTION IN CONTEXT, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Conference Papers
    • Kuo-Chang Huang, 2014, "The Impacts of Judicial Reform in Taiwan", paper presented at 4th Brazilian Jurimetrics Conference, Brazil: Brazilian Jurimetrics Association, 2014-05-12 ~ 2014-05-16.[13]


  1. ^ Academia Sinica
  2. ^ "Sunflower Movement leader Huang Kuo-chang could join legislative race". Formosa News. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ Loa, Lok-sin (9 July 2015). "NPP reveals 'two-state' China policy". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. ^ "林昶佐請辭時代力量總隊長 黃國昌代理拚選戰". People News (in Chinese). 2 July 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. ^ Loa, Lok-sin (28 July 2015). "Huang Kuo-chang announces run for legislature". Taipei Times. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  6. ^ Chen, Wei-han (14 September 2015). "New Power Party announces leadership structure". Taipei Times. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  7. ^ "NPP's Huang beats KMT in New Taipei's 12th district". China Post. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ Gerber, Abraham (23 February 2016). "Rules on committee members selection irk NPP lawmakers". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Pan, Jason (15 June 2016). "Sunflower leaders to face justice system 'head-on'". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  10. ^ Hou, Elaine; Wang, Yang-yu; Liu, Shih-yi (31 March 2017). "Sunflower movement leaders acquitted over legislature occupation". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Taiwan Sunflower Movement leader survives recall vote over same-sex marriage". Taiwan News. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  12. ^ Lin, Sean (17 December 2017). "Vote to recall NPP chairman fails". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  13. ^ Academia Sinica Research Professors

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Freddy Lim
Captain of New Power Party-building Team
2 July 2015 – 12 September 2015
Succeeded by
himself as executive leader
Preceded by
himself as captain
Executive Leader of New Power Party
13 September 2015 – present