James Soong

Chairman of People First Party, former Governor of Taiwan Province

James Soong Chu-yu (Chinese: 宋楚瑜; born 16 March 1942) is a Taiwanese politician. He is the founder and current Chairman the People First Party.[2]

James Soong
Soong Chu-yu
Chairman of the People First Party
Assumed office
31 March 2000
DeputyChang Chau-hsiung
Governor of Taiwan Province
In office
20 March 1993 – 20 December 1998
Head of the Government Information Office
In office
25 January 1979 – 24 August 1984
Personal details
Born (1942-03-16) 16 March 1942 (age 82)
Xiangtan, Hunan, Republic of China
Political partyKuomintang (1981–1999)[1]
Independent (1999–2000)
People First Party (2000–present)
Spouse(s)Viola Chen (1968–2011)
Alma materNational Chengchi University
University of California, Berkeley
Catholic University of America
Georgetown University
James Soong

In November 2019, he announced his candidacy for the 2020 Taiwan presidential election, beginning his campaign on 13 November 2019.[3][4]


  1. Tedards, Bo (15 March 2000). "The many faces of James Soong". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. "The many faces of James Soong - Taipei Times". www.taipeitimes.com. 2000-03-15. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  3. Wang, Cheng-chung; Huang, Frances (13 November 2019). "James Soong announces presidential bid (update)". Central News Agency. Archived from the original on 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. "Veteran Taiwan politician James Soong to seek presidency". South China Morning Post. 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2023-07-15.