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Meet the Cats of Taiwan’s First Female President

President Tsai and her beloved cat, Shiang-Shiang. (Image:   Tsai Ing-wen via  Facebook)
President Tsai and her beloved cat, Shiang-Shiang. (Image: Tsai Ing-wen via Facebook)

On January 16, Tsai Ing-wen was elected Taiwan’s president, and became the first woman to win office. Tsai Ing-wen studied law at Cornell University, and was a law professor after she returned to Taiwan.

She entered the spotlight of the political stage in Taiwan in 2008, when she served her first term as chairperson of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, or D.D.P.

Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s new leader, shares some common traits with another female president in Asia, Park Geun-hye. They were both elected as the first female president of their country, both of them haven’t been married, and while Ms. Park has raised five puppies in Blue House, Ms. Tsai is a cat lover.

Tsai owns two cats, one is named Shiang-Shiang (meaning think think) and the other Ah-Tsai (meaning talent).

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Tsai Ing-Wen said Shiang-Shiang is a cat who enjoys socializing with people. (Image: Facebook)

In 2012, Hsiao Bi-khim, a legislator of D.D.P was visiting Hualien after Sura typhoon, and found a kitten on a muddy road by a train station. Ms. Hsiao brought the little cat to Tsai Ing-wen, according to ET today.

Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her facebook page, "Pole up, downs, Choi Choi, think about it and it should be a kind of a pair of 'meow lover.'" (Image: Facebook)

Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her facebook page: “Pole up, downs, Choi Choi, think about it and it should be a kind of a pair of ‘meow lover.'” (Image: Facebook)

Tsai adopted her, and named the cat Shiang-Shiang. Once a homeless cat, Shiang-Shiang now lives in a loving home with Tsai Ing-wen.

Ah-Tsai, a tabby cat was adopted in the east Taiwan last year.

Ah-Tsai, a tabby cat, was adopted in east Taiwan last year. (Image: Facebook)

When talking about her beloved cat Shiang-Shiang, Tsai Ing-wen always appears very relaxed and clear-minded as Shiang-Shiang doesn’t ask Ms. Tsai any questions like news reporters do.

Ah-Tsai, a tabby cat was adopted in the east Taiwan last year. (Image: Facebook)

Ah-Tsai, a tabby cat, was adopted in east Taiwan last year. (Image: Facebook)

Ms. Tsai also said she doesn’t tell Shiang-Shiang her thoughts. “If I talked to her about what’s on my mind, I would turn her into a political cat,” she said.

Then Ms. Tsai joked that Shiang-Shiang can watch TV if she wants to know her master’s world.

Ah-Tsai is the new member of the family. (Image: Facebook)

Ah-Tsai is the new member of the family. (Image: Facebook)

After Tsai won the election, she wrote on her Facebook wall saying she’s happy that she finally got some time to play with Shiang-Shiang and Ah-Tsai.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about these two cute cats as they are a very important part of the president’s life.

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