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Tennis star, singer make Taiwan's Who's Who list

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), ladies tennis players Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) and Million Star Gang (星光幫) singer Aska Yang (楊宗緯) have all made it onto Taiwan Who's Who 2007-2008 (台灣名人錄 2007-2008).

The list is published by Mega Forum Co.

Company president Peng Huei-en (彭懷恩) said yesterday that the number of celebrities listed in this year's Who's Who has expanded from 2,300 to 3,500.

He noted that, however, some were eliminated this year for their questionable conduct or their involvement in scandals, including entertainer Hu Gua (胡瓜) and the family of fugitive tycoon Wang You-Theng (王又曾).

On the other hand, Peng emphasized that the editorial team has incorporated some rising celebrities in Taiwan, including the first Taiwanese West Point woman graduate Hung Wan-ting (洪琬婷), former Martha Graham dance company principal dancer Sheu Fang-yi (許芳宜) and Yankee starting pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民).

"Though elites from political, academic and corporate circles still account for the majority of our selection. We've sensed that there is a shift in interest toward artists and those in showbusiness," Peng said.

Peng said that the book showed how the paths leading to success are different from person to person. He said while some do become successful because of professional knowledge they acquired from well-known universities, others do not necessarily have a college degree and have managed to succeed through their perseverance and extensive experience.

Peng said all the candidates were nominated by several college professors and senior media professionals.

He said 71 percent of those chosen are political and academic professionals as well as those in the corporate world. Meanwhile, close to 87 percent are men and approximately 95 percent have college or graduate degrees.

The average age of those listed in the book is 58.4 years old.

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