Tu Cheng-sheng

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Tu Cheng-sheng
2007TaipeiITMonth Cheng-sheng Du.jpg
Minister Tu in 2007
22nd Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2004 – 20 May 2008
Director of National Palace Museum
In office
20 May 2000 – 20 May 2004
Personal details
Born (1944-06-10) June 10, 1944 (age 75)
Mida Village, Okayama District, Takao Prefecture, Japanese Taiwan (vic. modern-day Mituo District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyDemocratic Progressive Party
Alma materNational University of Tainan
National Taiwan University
Tu Cheng-sheng
Traditional Chinese杜正勝
Simplified Chinese杜正胜

Tu Cheng-sheng (born 10 June 1944) is a Taiwanese politician and historian. Tu served as the Minister of Education of the Republic of China during Chen Shui-bian's second term as President.[1]

Educational background and career[edit]

Tu Cheng-sheng graduated from the Provincial Tainan Normal University (present-day National University of Tainan) in 1966. He also attended the National Taiwan University in 1970 and majored in history (bachelor's degree 1970, master's degree 1974). He is a specialist in the history of ancient Chinese society, culture and medicine.

He used to be the director of the National Palace Museum and a research center on history and languages of the Academia Sinica, professor of the National Tsing Hua University.

Scientific activity[edit]

In articles of 1986, 1987 and 1992 Tu explored semblance between the city-states of the ancients Western civilization and the state formations of early China.[2]


Tu gained notoriety for his colorful and abrasive behavior. After being filmed asleep at a 2007 meeting of the Legislative Yuan, he was photographed picking his nose in response to public criticism. Also that year, he grabbed a reporter's microphone and shoved a cameraman into a wall.[1]


  • 走過關鍵十年 / 1990-2000 [Going Through the Ten Critical Years: 1990-2000] (in Chinese). 2000. ISBN 957-469-141-1.
  • 臺灣的誕生 : 十七世紀的福爾摩沙 [The Birth of Taiwan: Formosa in the 17th Century] (in Chinese). 2003. ISBN 957-28159-1-1.
  • 新史學之路 [New Road for Historical Studies] (in Chinese). 2004. ISBN 957-14-4027-2.
  • 臺灣的教育改革與臺灣的未來 [Educational Reform in Taiwan: Retrospect and Prospect] (in Chinese). 2007. OCLC 173372350.


  1. ^ a b "Nose-picking lawmaker to shout his last good-bye", Reuters, Apr 24, 2008
  2. ^ Yates, Robin D.S. "The City-State in Ancient China"
Government offices
Preceded by
Chin Hsiao-yi
Director of National Palace Museum
Succeeded by
Shih Shou-chien
Preceded by
Huang Jong-tsun
ROC Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Cheng Jei-cheng