Cornell History: Tsai Ing-wen born
August 31, 1956
Tsai Ing-wen, LL.M. ’80, is born in Taiwan. She is the first woman in Taiwan to run for president; the election will be held in early 2012. A moderate who favors conditional economic engagement with China, she has chaired Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party since 2008 and served as Taiwan’s vice premier 2006-07. She also worked closely with Cornellian Lee Teng-hui, Ph.D. ’68, during his tenure as president of Taiwan (1988-2000).