A Taiwanese in the United Nations—where Taiwan could not enter, he found a way in. As an economic expert, he has travelled around the world, providing his expertise.
During the 1960s, when Lo Fu-Chen was working on his doctorate degree at University of Pennsylvania, he joined a pro Taiwan independence march and was thus blacklisted by the Kuomintang government—not only was he forbidden to return to Taiwan, but he also became a man without nationality. In the 1970s, he was recruited by the UN to work at Nagoya’s UN Centre for Regional Development where he helped developing countries to establish their economies. For twenty-seven years, with a UN passport in hand, he flew around the world working for the well-being of everyday people.
Just as he was preparing to enjoy his retirement, the government in Taiwan changed hands. The new government wanted to use his connections as well as his economic expertise, and appointed him to the position of Taiwan’s top representative to Japan.
Through his eyes, we are able to experience his world of the past half century.