‘Who’s Who’ mentions 3,500 Taiwan celebrities

By Julie Pien, Special to The China Post

The new book “Who’s Who in the ROC, 2007-2008” was released yesterday, providing information about the most influential people representing different fields in Taiwan.

Based on the international standard “elite analysis,” several professors and prestigious media workers recommended 3,500 celebrities from various fields, such as politics, science, economics, mass media, sports and entertainment. The new celebrities on the list this year included the heads of every county, village and town in Taiwan. The tycoons of top 100 enterprises, like Tsai Hung-tu, the CEO of LinYuan Group, was also listed in the book. The famous pop singers Yoga Lin and Aska Yang, who star in the TV program “Million Star,” were selected to be in the book this year. After being indicted on several charges of embezzlement, Wang You-theng and his family were expelled from the list. Several entertainers who were recently ‘outed’ for using marijuana were also excluded. Peng Huai-en, the chief editor of the book, said compared to last year the contents of the book are more diversified, and include people in the fields of music, the armed forces, and drama. According to statistics and an analysis of the information on the 3,500 celebrities, 86.6 percent are men, while only 13.4 percent are women.

“It shows that females in Taiwan need to receive more respect from society as a whole, and their efforts should be more recognized,” said Peng.