Lung Ying-tai (Chinese: 龍應台) (born 13 February 1952 in Kaohsiung) is a celebrated essayist and cultural critic, with a total of 17 published titles to her credit in Chinese. She was the Cultural Minister of Taipei in 1999. During her 4-year term as cultural architect of the city she has designed as well as practiced a new concept of cultural policy. Lung's poignant and critical essays contributed to the democratization of Taiwan and as the only Taiwanese writer with a column in major Chinese newspapers, she is considered one of the most influential writers in Mainland China as well.
- Mr.Hu Jintao, being a Taiwanese, I don't really care much about the Pandas coming to Taipei or not, even though these cute things melt our heart.(Source:請用文明來說服我──給胡錦濤先生的公開信)
- Translation:What is democracy? Democracy is to be able to publicize any opinions without fear, knowing that there aren't going to be any persecution at a later time; Democracy is for anyone, from whatever social class, to be able to maintain one's rights if there was violation; Democracy is knowing that we don't have to pledge loyalty to any political party, don't have to please anyone.
- If one day I have a stroke, then that will tell me that being ROC Culture Minister is not worth it for me. As long as I am still in this position, I will definitely do my best until one day when I decide that it is not worth it anymore.
- Lung Ying-tai (2013) cited in "PTS row 'worst' int'l scandal: Lung" on The China Post, 23 May 2013
- Working in the government nowadays, you can only get things done if you have the determination to go against the prevailing trend.
- Lung Ying-tai (2014) cited in "The smiles and sighs of Taiwan's first culture minister" on Focus Taiwan, 6 December 2014