Wu Cheng

Wu Cheng

I am 25 years old and currently studying political science at National Taiwan University. Previously, I served an internship in a legislator’s office in parliament. During the Sunflower Movement, I was head of the media group and now I am a spokesperson for Democracy Tautin.

By Wu Cheng

Background and Political activities

I am 25 years old and currently studying political science at National Taiwan University. Previously, I served an internship in a legislator’s office in parliament. During the Sunflower Movement, I was head of the media group and now I am a spokesperson for Democracy Tautin.

Both of my grandparents followed the KMT to Taiwan and they had jobs in the military, education and as public servants. With such a background, my family tended to be conservative politically and supported the KMT. Because of this family influence, I was also a believer in Greater China.

Wu Cheng (吳崢)

Later, and after reading further on the internet, I started gaining more and more knowledge about Taiwan’s history. I learned things that people with a similar background to me often do not know. Consequently, my thinking changed. Now I want to see the R.O.C abolished and for Taiwan to be an independent country. In my view, the biggest problems for Taiwan at the moment are not disputes between the political left and right but issues of transitional justice, the unfinished reform of the party-state system and the fight against crony capitalism.

Politics have always been my interest, but due to limitations of my personal network in the past, I have never participated in any social movements. My participation in the anti-media monopoly and anti-nuclear movements were my first experiences.

Sunflower Movement

Since President Ma’s government took office, Taiwan has sharply tilted toward China and this has made me worried about the future of Taiwan. The Special Services and Trade Agreement between Taiwan and China adds to the risk of losing Taiwan’s independence. Consequently, I participated in the anti-“service and trade” agreement movement outside of the Legislative Yuan on the evening of 17th of March.

Coincidently, I attended the Sunflower Movement on the same night and occupied the Legislative Yuan. During the beginning of the movement, I played the role as guard at side door at Qinga East Road. Later, I joined the leader’s team as head of the media group. I was responsible for coordinating with the media and was spokesperson for external affairs correspondents.

After the Sunflower Movement, many of the participants established the organization “Democracy Tautin”. I am currently its spokesperson and vice convener of the organization.