Chen Shu-chu “Quietly Doing Good” and Now One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential


PHOTO: HUANG MING-TANG, TAIPEI TIMES

This story has been making the rounds since TIME magazine announced its 2010 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, so in case you haven’t heard, we thought we’d let you in on the news:

Since 1963, Chen Shu-chu has sold vegetables out of a stall in Taitung County’s central market in Taiwan. She has managed to donate nearly NT$10 million ($320,000) to various charities and causes.

As FocusTaiwan reports, “the 61-year-old Chen Shu-chu said during the citation dinner at Time Warner Center that the honor recognized not only her but also the whole of Taiwan because ‘it has many people like me, quietly doing good.’”

Her spirit and kindness is what we hope that all Taiwanese folks should aspire to. Congrats Ms. Chen! You make us proud!

Read more:

1) TIME’s entry about Chen Shu-chen written by filmmaker Ang Lee
2) “Humble Taiwanese vendor handles New York spotlight in stride”
3) Vegetable seller joins ‘Forbes’ list of most altruistic

About the Author

Ho Chie Ho Chie Tsai is a founding Board Member who also wears many hats in the Taiwanese American community. As a frequent speaker on the collegiate conference circuit and youth summer camp programs, a past Program Director and current Board Member of the Taiwanese American Foundation, and a founder of the Taiwanese American Professionals chapter in San Francisco, he hopes to inspire a renewed sense of pride in personal identity and to increase activism and involvement within the greater Asian American community. Ho Chie holds an Electrical Engineering BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Bioengineering MS and an MD degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his spare time, he works as a pediatrician.