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Taiwan town hopes new president remembers her roots

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 01:18

As Taiwan gets ready to inaugurate its first female president, residents in Tsai Ing-wen's ancestral hometown hope she doesn't forget them. Yiming Woo reports.

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Tsai Ing-wen will officially become Taiwan's first female president when she's inaugurated on May 20th. Her ancestral home in the south has become a tourist attraction. Residents there like to speak of Tsai's humble beginnings as her father's family used to farm pigs. And even though she was born in Taipei, she's close to her relatives in Pingtung, like her cousin, Tsai Ching-shun. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN PRESIDENT-ELECT TSAI ING-WEN'S 67-YEAR-OLD COUSIN, TSAI CHING-SHUN, SAYING: "The feeling that she (Tsai Ing-wen) gives me is one of familiarity. When I meet her, or when I think of her, I think that 'this cousin and I had a deep connection'. At that time, when she was in school, I used to ride my bicycle and give her the lunchbox Tsai's mother had made." Hung Ching-jung says Tsai used to stay at his hotel when she visited relatives. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 89-YEAR-OLD LOCAL HOTEL OWNER, HUNG CHING-JUNG, SAYING: "She (Tsai Ing-wen) knows that the reason she is where she is now is because of her ancestors. She remembers (the past), that's why she calls this place her hometown. She definitely will not treat her home in Taipei city as her hometown." Many here hope having 'one of their own' as president will benefit their town.

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Taiwan town hopes new president remembers her roots

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 01:18