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Jaw Shaw-kong
Jaw Shaw-kong

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Member of the Legislative Yuan

1 February 1993 - 31 January 1996
ConstituencyTaipei County

1 February 1987 - 31 May 1991
ConstituencyTaipei->Taipei 1
Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration

1 June 1991 - 15 November 1992
Eugene Chien
Larry Chen (acting)
Chang Lung-cheng
Member of the Taipei City Council

Personal details
Born (1950-05-06) 6 May 1950 (age 69)
Keelung, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Kuomintang (until 1993)
New Party (after 1993)
Spouse(s)Liang Lei
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Clemson University
ProfessionMedia personality

Jaw Shaw-kong (Chinese: ; born 6 May 1950) is a Taiwanese media personality and politician.


Jaw earned a degree in agricultural engineering from National Taiwan University in 1972, then attended Clemson University in the United States, where he obtained a master's degree in mechanical engineering.[1][2]

Political career

Jaw was elected to the Taipei City Council in 1981 and served until 1986, when he was elected to the Legislative Yuan.[3] In 1991, he was tabbed to lead the Environmental Protection Administration.[2] Against the wishes of his party, the Kuomintang, Jaw resigned from the EPA to seek reelection to the legislature.[4] Despite the party's refusal to support him, Jaw won a record number of votes.[4][5] He later became a member of the New Kuomintang Alliance and the Breakfast Club, set up in opposition to party chairman Lee Teng-hui.[4][6] In August 1993, he co-founded the New Party.[7][8] The next year, Jaw contested the Taipei City mayoralty, and lost to Chen Shui-bian.[5] Jaw announced his intention to retire from politics in July 1996.[9] He was named an adviser to Kuomintang candidates during the 2010 election cycle.[10] In 2017, Jaw stated that he was an independent.[11]

Media career

Soon after ending his political career, Jaw founded UFO Radio.[12] He also owned News98 and served as its president.[13][14] In 2004, Jaw, a staunch supporter of unification,[15] was invited to debate the referendum on Cross-Strait relations.[16] In 2006, Jaw acquired the Broadcasting Corporation of China.[17] He has also hosted his own radio and television programs.[18][19][20]

Personal life

Though Jaw is of Mainlander ancestry, he is fluent in Taiwanese Hokkien.[21][22] He is married to Liang Lei.[23] Jaw's younger brother Chao Shao-wei has served as president of the Taipei Artist Agency Association.[24]


  1. ^ Wang, Fei-yun (1 June 1995). "National Taiwan University: Radical Image, Tame Reality". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lin, Ching-wen (31 May 1991). "President Lee approves Premier Hau's Cabinet shuffle". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Mindich, Jeffrey H. (1 October 1993). "A Plea For Social Responsibility". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Copper, John F. (2014). Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (Republic of China). p. 162. ISBN 9781442243071.
  5. ^ a b Copper, John Franklin (1998). Taiwan's Mid-1990s Elections: Taking the Final Steps to Democracy. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 185. ISBN 9780275962074.
  6. ^ Copper, John F. (2010). The A to Z of Taiwan (Republic of China). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 193.
  7. ^ Hsu, Crystal (24 April 2001). "New Party fighting for its life as elections approach". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "New Party offers to support KMT in party portion of legislative elections". Taipei Times. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Yu, Susan (3 August 1996). "Jaw of New Party intends to leave politics for radio". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (23 June 2010). "BCC boss to serve as KMT adviser for year-end polls". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Yang, Chun-hui; Chen, Yu-fu; Chin, Jonathan (22 December 2017). "BCC chairman was victim in company's sale, he says". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Hwang, Jim (1 March 2007). "Stay Tuned". Taiwan Today. Archived from the original on 1 March 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Yiu, Cody (27 February 2004). "Controversial UFO radio host resigns in disgust". Taipei Tmes. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Jimmy, Chuang (16 December 2002). "Chen's lawyer strives to be the best of the best". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Chang, Yun-ping (24 August 2004). "Disaffected Shen feels the blues and makes the right polling moves". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Huang, Tai-lin (19 February 2004). "Despite referendum debates, PFP sticks to its guns". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Tsai, June (6 July 2007). "NCC and public officials battle over Broadcasting Corporation of China". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ Chang, Rich (7 January 2006). "Mixed result for president in cash payment libel suit". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ Lo, Chi-hao James (17 October 2014). "Jiang won't dismiss possibility of resignation over oil scandal". China Post. Retrieved 2016.
  20. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (29 October 2011). "2012 ELECTIONS: Ma acknowledges concerns of pan-blue vote split". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  21. ^ Rubinstein, Murray A. (1994). The Other Taiwan: 1945 to the Present. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 394-395. ISBN 9781563241932.
  22. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (12 January 1992). "Taiwan Becomes a Tiger With an Identity Crisis". New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan; Shan, Shelley (28 June 2007). "NCC accused over approval for BCC". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  24. ^ Wang, Chris (4 December 2012). "Music event to go ahead, TSU says". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.

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