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Lung Ying-tai

Taiwanese politician

1952   -  

country of citizenship: Taiwan
educated at: Kansas State University
occupation: writer, university teacher

Lung Ying-tai (Chinese: 龍應台; pinyin: Lóng Yìngtái; born 13 February 1952 in Kaohsiung) is a Taiwanese essayist and cultural critic. She occasionally writes under the pen name 'Hu Meili' (胡美麗; 胡美丽; Hú Měilì). Lung's poignant and critical essays contributed to the democratization of Taiwan and as the only Taiwanese writer with a column in major mainland Chinese newspapers, she is an influential writer in Mainland China. She has written 17 books.Lung Ying-tai has held two positions within Taiwan’s government as Taipei’s first Cultural Bureau Chief (1999-2003) and as Taiwan’s first Culture Minister (2012-2014).
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