Red Brick Daily

Lee Tung-hui is, of course, a controversial figure in Taiwanese history and politics. But he was the nation’s first democratically elected president and — despite whatever opinion one might have of him — it’s impossible to deny his role in the creation of modern Taiwan.

(Lee as a junior high school student in Japanese Formosa – Via Wiki)

You can read his bio on Wikipedia, but in short: Lee will turn 95 on January 15th, 2018 and over his near century-long life, he fought in the Japanese Imperial Army, flirted with communism, joined the Kuomintang (KMT), was promoted as the first Taiwan-born VP, and then succeeded Chiang Ching-kuo as an appointed president for eight years … before finally winning a four-year elected term in 1996.

(President Tsai greets former president Lee – Wiki)

(Newlyweds Lee Teng-hui and Tseng Wen-hui in 1949 — the couple are still together)

Lee was a player in almost every part of Taiwan’s modern development, and, love him or hate him, it’s hard not to respect him (However for some, that respect will admittedly, come begrudgingly).

But controversies aside … Happy 95th Birthday, Mr. President.