PODCAST: Chiang Kai-Shek’s Great-Grandson and the Future of the KMT

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“To make some real change internally [in the KMT] is the most important thing.” - Chiang Wan-an

Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) is the great-grandson of the infamous Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and Soong Mei-ling (宋美齡, or Madame Chiang), grandson of Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), another former Taiwan president, and son of former Kuomintang (KMT) vice chair John Chiang (Chiang Hsiao-yen, 蔣孝嚴).

With this unrivaled political lineage, not to mention good looks and Silicon Valley experience, Chiang Wan-an, who also goes by Wayne Chiang, is for good reason referred to as the future of the Chinese Nationalist Party in Taiwan.

But the party, more commonly known as the Kuomintang, or the KMT, is at one of its lowest ebbs in recent history. Some believe it is beyond repair.

In this episode of The News Lens Radio, Wan-an talks about his controversial political lineage, transitional justice in Taiwan and the critical need to reform the KMT. He also canvasses his views on Taiwan’s economy, relations with China and his own political ambitions.

Today’s guest

Chiang Wan-an is 38. He won a seat in Taiwan’s parliament in 2016 as the representative for a local area in Taipei. Prior to becoming a lawmaker, he was a lawyer in Taiwan and the United States with a focus on technology companies and startups.

This podcast is available via the SoundCloud, Stitcher and iTunes apps.

Editor: ZiQing Low

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