Green Party Taiwan

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Green Party Taiwan

Táiwān Lǜ Dǎng (Mandarin)
Thòi-vân Liu̍k Tóng (Hakka)
ChairpersonWang Hao-yu
Founded25 January 1996
Headquarters6F, No. 28, Beiping E. Rd., Zhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan[1]
IdeologyGreen politics
Political positionCentre-left
Regional affiliationAsia Pacific Greens Federation
International affiliationGlobal Greens
Legislative Yuan
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Local councillors
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Green Party Taiwan (Chinese: 台灣綠黨; pinyin: Táiwān Lǜ Dǎng; Taiwanese: Tâi-ôan Le̍k Tóng) is a political party in Taiwan established on 25 January 1996. Although the party is sympathetic to Taiwan nationalism and shares a number of centre-left positions with the Pan-Green Coalition, the party emphasizes campaigning primarily on social and environmental issues. The party is not a member of, and should not be confused with, the Pan-Green Coalition. Green Party Taiwan is a member of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation and participates in the Global Greens.

Electoral history[edit]

In 1996, Green Party Taiwan’s Kao Meng-ting was elected to the National Assembly. However, he left the party in 1997.

In the 2008 legislative election, the Green Party of Taiwan formed a red-green coalition with a labour-led organization Raging Citizens Act Now! (人民火大行動聯盟), but failed to win any seats.

In the 2012 legislative election, Green Party Taiwan garnered 1.7% of the party vote. While still far short of the 5% threshold to win a seat in the legislature, this makes it the largest extraparliamentary party in Taiwan.[2] Its best showing is in Ponso no Tao where Taiwan’s nuclear waste storage facility is located. There, the party collected 35.76% of the party votes due to its strong antinuclear stance.

In the 2014 local elections, the party won two seats. Wang Hao-yu was elected to the Taoyuan City council and Jay Chou to the Hsinchu County Council.[3]

In the 2016 general election, the party ran in a coalition with the newly founded centre-left Social Democratic Party[4] and fielded candidates in both constituency races and the nationwide party ballot.[5] The coalition garnered 2.5% of the party vote without winning any seats.[6]

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List of chairpersons[edit]

  • Kao Cheng-yan, 1996–1997 and 2003-2004 Chair. Professor of Computer Science at National Taiwan University; Green Party Taiwan's founding chair; former director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 1998 and 2001.
  • Shin-Min Shih (施信民), 1998 Chair. Professor of Chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University; President of the Institute of Environment and Resource; former Director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union;
  • Kuang-Yu Chen (陳光宇), 1999-2000 Chair. candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 1998.
  • Ayo Cheng (鄭先祐), 2001-2002 Chair. Dean of College of Environment and Ecology at National University of Tainan; former director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union.
  • Yenwen Peng (彭渰雯), 2005 Chair. Assistant professor of Public Administration and Management at Shih Hsin University; candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 1998.
  • Sam Lin (林聖崇), 2006 Co-chair. Former Chair of Taiwan Ecology Conservation Union.
  • Jolan Hsieh (謝若蘭), 2006 Co-chair. Assistant professor of Indigenous Culture at National Dong Hua University.
  • Chen Man-li, 2007 Co-chair. Former president of the Homemakers' Union and Foundation; former president of the National Union of Taiwan Women Association; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 2008. Elected to the legislature in 2016 after joining the Democratic Progressive Party.
  • Huei-Sean Hong (洪輝祥), 2007 Co-chair. President of Pingtung Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 2004.
  • Bau-Ju Chung (鍾寶珠), 2008-2009 Co-chair. President of Hualien Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Hualien County Councilor in 1998, 2002.
  • Hong-Lin Chang (張宏林), 2008-2009 Co-chair. Secretary General of the Taiwan NPO Self-regulation Alliance; former Secretary General of the Society of Wildness; candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 2006.
  • Gelinda Chang:[citation needed] co-chair for 2011; educator.
  • Robin Winkler, co-chair for 2011 and 2012; lawyer and founder of Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association; naturalised Taiwanese citizen.
  • Karen Yu, co-chair from 2012 to 2015; social entrepreneur and co-founder of Öko-Green Café, a Fairtrade coffee shop. Elected to the Legislative Yuan in 2016 as a member of the Democratic Progressive Party.
  • Lee Keng-cheng (李根政), co-chair from 2013 to 2017; artist, educator and founder of Citizen of the Earth Taiwan, an environmental organisation.
  • Chang Yu-jing:[citation needed] co-chair from 2015 to 2017; mother and activist.

Notable persons[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "台灣綠黨".
  2. ^ 綠黨超越新黨 成小黨落選頭 Archived 2012-01-18 at the Wayback Machine. China Times (2012-01-15): Greens surpassing the New Party to be the largest extraparliamentary party.
  3. ^ Chen, Christie (30 November 2014). "Green Party's historic win to bring 'green politics' to Taiwan". Central News Agency. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Greens, Social Democrats to cooperate".
  5. ^ "Green Party Taiwan issues list of legislative candidates".
  6. ^ Fell, Dafydd; Peng, Yen-wen (29 January 2016). "The Electoral Fortunes of Taiwan's Green Party: 1996–2012". Japanese Journal of Political Science. 17 (1): 63–83. doi:10.1017/S1468109915000390.
  7. ^ "Groups condemn rejection of appeal to return Dapu land to original owners - Taipei Times". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  8. ^ "詹順貴凝聚20年經驗作長梯 助小黨進國會 - 新頭殼 newtalk". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  9. ^ 我為甚麼支持綠黨? Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine (Why do I support the Green Party?)
  10. ^ Taiwan Today (2012) Tao Orchid Islanders continue fight for nuclear-free homeland

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