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Taiwan in Time: The accidental politician

Unexpectedly thrust onto the political scene when she was four months pregnant, Yu Chen Yue-ying went on to enjoy a long career in politics

By Han Cheung  /  Staff Reporter

Yu Chen ran for reelection in 1967 — this time on her own accord. She served a total of five terms in the assembly, then joined the legislature in 1983. She became Kaohsiung County commissioner in 1985 — following in the footsteps of her father-in-law and brother-in-law Huang You-jen (黃友仁), who were elected in 1960 and 1977, respectively.

The Yu family turned into a political dynasty as Yu Chen’s son, Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) succeeded her for two terms and also served as legislator and interior minister. Yu Cheng-hsien’s wife, Cheng Kui-lien (鄭貴蓮), served as a legislator and in the National Assembly.

Yu Chen’s other son and daughter, Yu Cheng-tao (余政道) and Yu Lin-ya (余玲雅), both served in the provincial assembly and as legislators.

Yu Chen left politics for several years after finishing her second term as county commissioner, but in 2000 she was named a senior advisor to then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), although she resigned in 2003 due to a financial scandal, ending a political career that was not even supposed to have happened.

Taiwan in Time, a column about Taiwan’s history that is published every Sunday, spotlights important or interesting events around the nation that have anniversaries this week.

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