Wang Ju-hsuan

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Wang Ju-hsuan
Minister of Council of Labor Affairs of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2008 – 28 September 2012
Deputy Pan Shih-wei
Preceded by Lu Tien-ling
Succeeded by Pan Shih-wei
Personal details
Born 2 October 1961 (1961-10-02) (age 56)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwanese
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Huang Tung-hsun (黃東焄)[1]
Alma mater National Taiwan University
Fu Jen Catholic University
Renmin University of China

Wang Ju-hsuan[2] (Chinese: 王如玄; pinyin: Wáng Rúxuán; born 2 October 1961), also known as Jennifer Wang, is a Taiwanese lawyer and politician.[3] She was the Minister of the Council of Labor Affairs from 2008 to 2012.[4] In 2015, Wang was selected as Eric Chu's running mate on the Kuomintang (KMT) ticket for the 2016 Republic of China presidential election, which they eventually lost.[5]

Early life[edit]

Wang was born on 2 October 1961 in Taipei and grew up in Changhua County. She studied at Taipei First Girls' High School in Taipei.[6] She obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in law from National Taiwan University in 1984 and from Fu Jen Catholic University in 1988, respectively.[7] She then obtained her doctoral degree from Renmin University of China in Beijing.[1][8]

Non-political career[edit]

Wang was Chairwoman of the National Organization for Women in 1994, Chairwoman of the Awakening Foundation in 1998-1999, Executive Director of Taipei Bar Association in 1999-2002, and adviser to the Gender/Sexuality Rights Association of Taiwan in 2002-2008.[7]

Political career[edit]

Wang served as adviser to Taipei Mayor Chen Shui-bian in 1996-1998, member of the Employment Discrimination Review Committee of the Taipei City Government in 1996-2008, member of Commission on Women's Right Promotion of Executive Yuan in 1998-2003, adviser to the Taipei City Government in 1999-2008, member of the Presidential Human Rights Advisory Council in 2004-2005 and member of the Labor Pension Fund Supervisory Committee of the Executive Yuan in 2007-2008.[7]

Council of Labor Affairs Ministry[edit]

Wang was appointed Minister of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) on 20 May 2008.[9] Her term was noted for controversial policies, including the filing of lawsuits against laid-off workers, the implementation of an unpaid leave system, and the so-called "22K policy", which was criticised for decreasing salaries.[10]

She resigned on 28 September 2012 after her proposal to raise the minimum wage in Taiwan was disputed by Premier Sean Chen.[11][12] Wang was replaced by CLA Deputy Minister Pan Shih-wei.[2]

2016 Presidential election[edit]

Appointment to the KMT ticket[edit]

On 18 November 2015, Wang was officially appointed as the running mate of KMT presidential candidate Eric Chu.[10][13]

Shortly after Wang's candidature was announced, allegations surfaced that she had improperly profited from property speculation on housing units intended to house military families. Wang responded by suing one of her accusers, legislator Tuan Yi-kang, for defamation while stating that her family had bought three units since 2008.[14] After further allegations surfaced, Wang then listed five properties she and her family owned or had owned while stressing the legality of her actions.[15] A few days later Wang revised the list of properties she had invested in to include twelve units, apologised for having "failed to meet the moral standards expected of me", and pledged to donate the profits from their sales to charity.[16] The case was dropped in January 2016, as prosecutors decided Tuan had done adequate research to bring the allegations forth. However, prosecutors also found that the allegations were false and cleared Wang of any wrongdoing.[17]

Election result[edit]

Wang and Chu finished second in the election on 16 January 2016.

e • d Summary of the 16 January 2016 Taiwanese presidential election results
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice president
Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen Chen Chien-jen 6,894,744 56.12%
Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang Eric Chu Wang Ju-hsuan 3,813,365 31.04%
LogoPFP.svg People First Party James Soong Hsu Hsin-ying 1,576,861 12.84%
Total 12,284,970 100%


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  2. ^ a b "Labor council head to run new labor ministry - Taipei Times". Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
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  4. ^ "Executive Yuan ─ WANG Ju-hsuan". Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  5. ^ Eric Chu taps former labor head as running mate, Focus Taiwan, retrieved 2015-11-18 
  6. ^ "Eric Chu taps former labor head as running mate (update)". 
  7. ^ a b c "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)". 
  8. ^ "KMT head names running mate - Global Times". 
  9. ^ Liu, Claudia; Wu, Lilian (19 November 2015). "Eric Chu taps former labor head as running mate (update)". Central News Agency. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Jennifer Wang joins Chu's ticket". 
  11. ^ "CLA Minister's Resignation Approved, Deputy to Be Successor". China Post. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Chiao, Yuan-Ming (19 November 2015). "Remaining running mates revealed". China Post. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  13. ^ KMT Chairman Announces Running Mate for 2016 Election. YouTube. 19 November 2015. 
  14. ^ KMT vice presidential candidate sues lawmaker for slander, 
  15. ^ Wang faces fresh allegations over property deals, China Post 
  16. ^ KMT VP candidate vows to donate profits from property deals, 
  17. ^ Pan, Jason (30 January 2016). "Prosecutors drop Tuan Yi-kang defamation case". Taipei Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016.