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Writer, former legislator Wang Tuoh dies at 72

LOVE OF COUNTRY:Wang’s continued efforts to improve Taiwan is something that all DPP members should aspire to, President Tsai Ing-wen said

By Chung Li-hua and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wang Tuoh, left, poses with DPP Legislator Tsai Shih-ying in an undated photo.

Photo: CNA, courtesy of Tsai Shih-ying’s legislative office

Veteran pro-localization advocate and former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Tuoh (王拓), who had been hospitalized since July 30 after a heart attack, died yesterday. He was 72.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is also DPP chairperson, said Wang’s death saddened the party.

“His continued efforts to improve Taiwan will forever be something that party members aspire to,” she said.

Wang, a Formosa Incident victim, served as legislator for three consecutive terms and chairman of the then-Council of Cultural Affairs in former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration.

He also served as DPP secretary-general when Tsai first assumed leadership of the party in 2008, following the party’s massive defeat in the legislative and presidential elections that year.

The DPP said that Wang volunteered to take on the position of secretary-general for free in 2008, sacrificing time with his family.

Wang’s devotion to the party during a time of difficulty was impressive, the DPP said, adding that during his tenure, he eased the party’s financial burden by paying off NT$150 million (US$4.8 million) of the party’s debts.

“Wang’s courage in the face of hardship and his selfless sacrifice set an example for the party,” the DPP said.

DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (洪耀福) visited Wang’s family and offered the party’s assistance.

DPP Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應), the head of Wang’s office for eight years, said Wang was like a father to him and he was greatly saddened by his passing.

Aside from being a political figure, Wang was also a renowned writer.

His novel Wang Jun Zhao Gui (望君早歸), describing life in Keelung’s Badouzih Township (八斗子), has been cited as a model literary representation of life in Taiwanese fishing villages. His other works, such as Jin Shui Shen (金水嬸), are representative of “nativist literature” (鄉土文學).

Wang was not a prolific writer, but his works were solid and his diction clean, writer Chu Yu-hsun (朱宥勳) said.

There are few writings on life in Taiwanese fishing villages, which is one reason Wang became the representative figure of this subject, Chu said.

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