Han Kuo-yu, 61, won a crushing victory for the opposition Kuomintang in the battle to become mayor of Kaohsiung. Photo: Reuters

From rank outsider to mayor of Kaohsiung: meet the man who wooed Taiwan’s electorate

  • Han Kuo-yu was considered to have no chance when he was named as the Kuomintang’s candidate, but his bold promises and clever use of social media saw him home
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Han Kuo-yu, 61, won a crushing victory for the opposition Kuomintang in the battle to become mayor of Kaohsiung. Photo: Reuters
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.