Rich Taiwanese Businessman Morris Chang Rides the Train

From Yahoo Taiwan:

Morris Chang riding the train to work? Its true. Photo spreading on internet like wildfire

TSMC chairman Morris Chang also rides the train to work? Today a photo rapidly spread around the internet, showing TSMC Chairman Morris Chang surprisingly riding the train with the general public, the big boss gave up his luxury car to ride on the general public transit system, leading to widespread discussion among netizens, who rapidly spread the news.

Because a ‘big boss riding the train’ is truly too difficult to imagine, when this photo was exposed on Facebook, it was first suspected to have been photoshopped, or simply showed someone who ‘looks a lot like Morris Chang’ riding the train. However, some attentive netizens compared the photos with others, and discovered that this March, ‘Commonwealth magazine’s‘ 492nd edition featured Morris Chang on the cover page,and both the tie worn by Morris Chang on the cover,and the tie worn by Morris Chang in the photo, had an identical style and colour, meaning that the man in the photo is unmistakeably Morris Chang.

It’s understood that when Morris Chang attended this year’s TSMC shareholder meeting, he was worried about being delayed by traffic, so the punctual Morris Chang took the train before getting on the High Speed Rail to Taipei, not only reducing carbon emissions but also ensuring he won’t be delayed. The female student pictured in the photo sitting next to Morris Chang was immersed in her study on the train, with some netizens jokingly saying that if this student would just raise her head and talk to Morris Chang for ten minutes, it would be worth 10 years of study.

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Morris Chang has set an example that lots of big bosses aren’t capable of, I sincerely admire him.


Is there a that says rich people can’t take trains?

De Bin Jian:

How many of Taiwan’s business owners are as respectable as Morris Chang?


If our “political celebrities” [government officials] also rode public transit with the masses…their support from the public would definitely increase.


Saves money and saves time.

Ting-Jin AI:

Ma Ying-jeou: I don’t dare take the train… I’m afraid I’d be killed.


Let me tell everyone a secret, Morris Chang also shits…

萊 茵德:

Why can’t big bosses ride the train?

Tom Lin:

When I ride the train in the future, I better have my resume on me.

Shawn Lee:

Now this is what you call setting an example! Now this is worthy of respect!!!

What do you think? Surprising? Admirable? Or no big deal? What rich and powerful people have you seen taking public transportation?

  • hawa


    • Snazzy_Brett

      Haha, everyone’s hating on the “sofa” post. Love it.

  • ScottLoar

    I recall the heads of the Big Three automakers appearing several years ago before a US congressional committee asking for loans. When questioned it turned out that all had taken private planes to the hearing, not one in the very cars their companies manufactured.

    Warren Buffet is a good example of prudence and economy; Morris Chang and he would probably get along just fine.

    ScottLoar (previously posting as Scott)

    • donscarletti

      I’m in favour of government bailouts, on the condition that any wasted money can be considered treason and punished by having the executive hang drawn and quatred.

      • ScottLoar

        I share your feelings.

        Every employee should be told they are responsible for profitability and held to that principle by a bonus system, while executives (defined as those with the power of allocating funds) must be held to long-term profitability of the company during their tenure under a two or three-year contract, and bonuses (including stock options) awarded only at the end of that term and in proportion to profitability. The present, broken system (yes, it is a true “system”) is motivated by quarterly returns because most funding derives from stock shares and those shareholders expect handsome returns each quarter, and so all actions pander to those expectations, most often at the expense of long-term planning and profitability.

        That those Big Three auto executives would take private planes to appear before Congress, hat in hand asking for loans, shows blank stupidity.

        ScottLoar (formerly posting as Scott)

      • BigJ

        Government bailouts don’t do shit but dig your hole even deeper. It’s like me having a credit card that I max out and then before the repo men come and take my shit and I get another credit card or go to a load shark to pay off my first credit card. Unless I change my life style or start making more money then i’m screwed. Same thing for these countries and companies that need bailouts.

    • moop

      “Warren Buffet is a good example of prudence and economy”

      eh, he’s a good investor, but he’s not some great economist, not by a long shot. and he’s certainly not a “good example of… economy”

      • ScottLoar

        I suggest you keep an English language dictionary at hand. No, I did not say Warren Buffet was an “economist”; I said he was a good example of “economy”, synonymous (please look up that word, Mope) with “frugality”. I hope my explanation hasn’t lost you so far.

        And, he does practice “economy” (prudent use of monies) in his personal life, living in the same, modest home for most of his life, eschewing (sorry, means to avoid or shun) the trappings his wealth can well afford, ergo “a good example of prudence and economy”. Now, ya’ get it? I mean, do ya’ really get it, Mope?

        • moop

          i’m sorry, the sand in your vagina, does it itch? its making you cranky

          • ScottLoar

            To the “I’m a shark-among-goldfish kind of a guy” (yes! he really wrote that, he genuinely believes that):

            If you insist on posting at least try to keep up with the conversation rather than retreating into name-calling. Or, just grow up.

            You do need a dictionary.

          • moop

            i’ve never said “I’m a shark-among-goldfish kind of a guy”, i dont even know where you got that from, please provide a link, that doesnt even sound like me. i thought you made a typo when in fact i should have considered your age when viewing your post. 99.99999999% of the time people don’t use “economy” in that sense, so i assumed you made a typo. i’ll try not to talk like that in front of your daughter

          • ScottLoar

            I’ll find the quote and reference it to you. If I erred I’ll apologize; if not, you’re a jerk, okay?

          • moop

            since i’m such a nice guy, allow me to aid you in your quest:


            its a google advanced search of, only one result turns up, and its you who wrote it. anyways, no apologies necessary, afterall, i’m the one who thought you made a typo earlier. we all make mistakes

          • ScottLoar

            Written by Mope: “no way bro, i’m a shark vs guppy kinda guy through-and-through” – #292, Foreigners Recruited to be Chengguan in Hefei, Reactions, July 23, 2012.

            Your original is much better than my remembered quote. You can find this quote by looking for the word “shark” and, yes, your words and typical of the way you represent yourself.

            From a nice guy (and no apologies needed),

            ScottLoar (formerly posting as Scott)

          • moop

            you dumb-ass, sharks vs guppies is a game children play in the swimming pool and one that i played when i was younger. i was responding to terrior when he said “To some people Marco Polo is the only familiar relatable entity to shed light onto a foreign culture; to others it’s only worth shouting out whenever you’re in the pool”… now who’s making assumptions?

          • ScottLoar

            Your preference for pool games? Played when you were younger? Last week? But you continue making assumptions: I am not octogenarian and definitely not your friend.

          • moop

            i actually assume you are a sexagenarian, but i like way octogenarian rolls off the tongue. you mean we can’t be friends? but i’ve been such a nice guy

          • moop

            in case you need further explanation, marco polo is also a game children play in the pool, so i was only stating my preference for pool games. do you see the connection my octogenarian friend?

          • moop

            man i am feeling so nice today, here are some links so you can understand the game sharks vs minnows (shark vs guppies)


            go down and read skidz’ replay, he details the game.

            for an even better description, check this out:

            you can teach all your canasta buddies at the nursing home

          • vincent

            Scott just out of curiosity how long have you been together with your wife? And your daughter she is a mix?

          • ScottLoar

            I answer as a courtesy: married 31 years to my Chinese wife (first marriage; I’ve never quite understood people who would want to repeat the experience by re-marrying) and knew her seven years before that, one child, now 27 (? I think, men are notoriously unmindful of such dates).

          • vincent

            I’m going down that road now as well, married for 4 years now, wife is Chinese but no intentions of settling down in China though. I wouldn’t want to remarry either, how long have you been in China? I’ve read about some people having bad experiences in China back in the day when foreigner – Chinese unions were frowned upon, what’s you take on that?

          • ScottLoar

            I’ve lived both in Taiwan and mainland China albeit at different times but when both places – society, insularity, economy – were equal, the China of the late 90’s and early 00’s (I like that Chinese phrase “90後” but less so after I started meeting girls from that age group) and the Taiwan of the 70’s.

            When my wife’s parents and sibling understood we were serious, when I went to spend Chinese New Year’s at the home, there was a revolution. Her father, a graduate of Whampoa Military Academy, was not going to deny his pedigree and patriotism by allowing some foreigner to marry his daughter; the oldest daughter – coming back from Hong Kong no less – was outraged that the house was hosting a foreigner. But, most telling as the experience of a good friend of mine who recently married a Malaysian Chinese testifies, it is the Mother who decides. In my case the old lady, born in the year of Yuan Shikai, liked me, and all else devolved from that. If Mom is on your side all other resistance will fold; there is no greater Everest if she opposes you.

            You will definitely cop attitude and smart remarks from passersby but curiously, the most sympathetic will usually be women. Now in Taiwan my wife and I rarely rate a second glance (but not when with our daughter because most want to see what happens when East “joins” West), and even now in Shanghai most people think us a curiosity more than an immorality; perhaps our age shows, despite the fact Chinese usually ascribe the lowest motives to a person, in this instance lust on my part and greed on her part. I can honestly say that rarely, East or West, have I heard overt, disparaging comments about the two of us over the course of almost 40 years, and when Mandarin is spoken any hard attitude usually melts fast.

            When married, and I well understand that love is not by choice or habit, it just hits, then understand that most of the differences between the two of you are those of man and woman, not Chinese and Western. Do not, do not, aggravate your natural differences by recasting them as East versus West.

            You can also anticipate that, yes, you will naturally gravitate towards others like you. Among our friends the largest number is those who’ve married way, way outside their culture.

          • vincent

            That’s pretty interesting, I’ve never actually clashed with my wife about anything because we both accept that both of our countries have various faults and the best way to move forward would be to accept that.
            Anyway it was a nice read, as to your opinion that I will gravitate to others like me, that is quite true that happens to be another reason I am eyeing Malaysia as a place to settle down, there are a large number of mixed race couples there, and everyone is fluent in English.
            Good Luck to you and your wife.

          • gumiho

            A very interesting post-My Korean wife and I have been married as long as you-I’ve lived just about the same experience as you,and agree with all you say. i guess her mother would have to think she chose fairly well-she lives with us now, and i make just about all her meals.

          • ScottLoar

            Good to hear we share the same thoughts. I think most important is not to aggravate the natural differences between man and wife by recasting them as East versus West.

            My father-in-law gave me a good word of advice, “相敬如賓”, or “treat each other as a honoured guest”. Yes, so hard to do but so needed.

          • Cynic

            Oysters. Yummy.

        • Snazzy_Brett

          Congrats on posting the first needlessly defensive comment on the new chinaSMACK comments section!

          • ScottLoar

            Helping the linguistically handicapped learn the difference in his own language between “economy” and “economist” is a charitable act, not a defensive comment.

            But congrats to you for superficial commentary.

          • Snazzy_Brett

            @ScottLoar:disqus check your reply to moop and tell me it doesn’t read as condescending. Your post reads like an excerpt from the Watch Snob. I’m not sure if I should take it seriously, or if its just your online persona.

          • ScottLoar


            Please don’t take me seriously. Please, ignore my posts. Please. Can you do that for both of us? Yeah?

          • Snazzy_Brett

            Of course I could, but I probably won’t… Or, you could try to tone down the ‘tude, dude.

        • BigJ

          I’m sure you mean well…..but your comments do come off as being condescending. Moop just disagree with you. Then you go on by insulting his intelligents. And then trying to sound smart by using words no human being uses.”eschewing”….come on now….

          • ScottLoar

            BigJ (now that’s a moniker – “handle” for you – that’s beyond condescending, yeah?);

            Nope, Mope did not disagree. He was looking for error and made the wrong assumptions; that I thought W. Buffet was an “economist” and used the word “economy” in error. Mope remains an antagonist by his own choice, and there is no reason to elevate his “intelligents (sic)” by granting the benefit of a doubt.

            “No human being uses ‘eschewing'”. Ah, well. No need to sound smart, I know that already. Would you feel better if I replied, “the sand in your vagina, does it itch?”. Huh?

          • the ace of books

            @disqus_WSNiMSjDaU:disqus …dude, come on now, I use “eschew” all the time. It’s always better to eschew than to swallow things outright. Why, I, personally, eschew my baozi in the morning, and eschew the crunchy mystery things in my xiangguo. I’m also a big gum-eschewer.

          • BigJ

            haha, Yeah I guess your right. :)

  • whiskersthecat

    Whoa, we can upload images?

    • whiskersthecat

      I drew this for you guys.

      • snicker

        I can’t see it

        • whiskersthecat

          Damn, I can see it…maybe it has to be approved first?

          • Kate

            I can see it and thank you, made my day with a lovely red flower!

        • snicker

          Hey, I can see the rose now…it took a while…wonder why?

          • snicker

            ah, I reloaded the page then I could see it — but I couldn’t see it when I just clicked on the “new message” link within the page…

      • Kate

        Here’s a lovely kitten for you Whisker :)

      • Web_of_Lies

        Nice, they upgraded to Disqus. I got all my trolli–, I mean other accounts on there…

      • the ace of books

        How nice of you! I drew a flower for you in return. Hope you like it!

    • terroir

      The new chinaSMACK. Icanhazcheezerburger with your trolling and cultural division.

      EDIT: I had a nice picture of a a chipmunk giving another chipmunk a nice purple flower, but it won’t show. I thought it was a nice addition to the mud flinging around here. Let me try this again..

      • terroir

        Weird. This site won’t take my cuddly pictures of adorbz! Well, back to the ol’ flameroo..

  • snicker

    Well, cool guy — not sure how long he’ll survive by traveling on the train, but good for him!

    • Germandude

      Wow, a wealthy guy is riding the train and he turns out to be a hero in the eyes of some of the commenters?

      How come that I somehow have the feeling that Mr. Chang is one of those guys that takes the train in order to save the money it would cost him on fuel? Like those bosses that make a million/trillion/zillion (whatever amount) a year and think it’s not enough, justifying the possibility of being even richer with cutting jobs on the low end…

      Publicity stunt, mayber. Rational thinking/commenting of the Taiwanese comments? Most likely not…

      • El Puma R.

        The old gorilla knows the ways of the jungle – African Proverb

      • BigJ

        Yeah I argee with you. This guy is most likely a tight cunt. I know lots people like that. I know a guy back in Canada who is a fur farmer. He raises minks for fur coats ect. He has the biggest farm around and makes 10 million a year profit. But to talk to the guy you would think he is homeless. He drives this 20 year old van that he keeps fixing and eat a peanut butter sandwich everyday for lunch and lives in a mobil home.Why??? It’s not because he likes it. His brain won’t allow him to spend money. He is just one of those guys.

        This guy may not be like that. It could be a time thing and don’t want to deal with the traffic. And are you guys sure this is the same guy??? I see Jacky Chan 20 times a day in in China, i’m sure it’s not him but it looks just like him. :)

  • me a

    woa, chinasmack without comments wasn’t just the same

    • Yes, we missed you guys too. Well, okay, just some of you. ;)

  • Cleo

    Why doesn’t he just move closer to work so he can walk or go downstairs to his office?

    • moop

      ha, he might not have that luxury buddy

    • moop

      whoops, sorry cleo, i thought you were commenting on the two people fighting on the subway thread. 3 hours of sleep is not good for the brain apparently

  • snicker

    It took me a moment to see why the “Sex Party on Taiwan Train” article was relevant (of course taiwan, train). So…it seems like all sorts of stuff happens on Taiwanese trains…rich guys, young girls…what else could there be?

  • Snazzy_Brett

    This is actually kind of common in places like the NY metro. A lot of big-timers take public transportation due to ease of travel. Riding the subway makes more sense a lot of the time.
    I can say though, after coming to Korea, I don’t know anyone who makes more than $70,000 a year who still take the subway. China/Taiwan/Japan are probably similar. Owning a car (not riding the subway) in Asia apparently “says something” about your status.

    • BigJ

      I’m not sure about taiwan, but has anyone tried to find a parking spot in china? It sucks and it takes forever to even get through all the traffic. Too many cars and the roads are not made for it. The subway saves you alot of time.

      • Snazzy_Brett

        Parking is really tough in Korea. Luckily there are tons of below/above ground parking lots. I have a car but originally rarely drove it because I knew that if I left my parking spot, I would have to double park when I returned home. Now I just rent a spot in an underground lot about a 10 minute walk from my place.

        People tend to not repect other cars when parking and bump the crap out of doors. Good reason to not own a car… Not to mention China and Korea’s driving safety records. They are the two of the most likely places to get into a car accident in the world… a good way to ruin your $30,000 investment.

        What I didn’t write in my first post was that the middle/upper-middle/upper classes would rather sit in a traffic jam for 2.5 hours than to take a 35 minute subway ride. If comfort is more important than time, sure go ahead. Commuting is not how I want to spend 25% of my day.

        • El Puma R.

          The funny thing is that in all that time they spend stuck inside their cars they don’t realize they’re wasting time, money and precious air. Too much selfishness has turned them into idiots

    • El Puma R.

      I don’t drive in China, though I thought about buying a car once, but then I realized it’s a waste of time and money. Actually I am worried about the air I breathe more than parking spaces…

      • Nick in Beijing

        I just bought a 150cc motor scooter to ride around the city on. I avoid police like the plague, even with the bike having registration and plates. It’s not that hard since we all know how lazy Chinese cops are, but still it’s a bitch. Also all the segregation laws about 2-wheeled vehicles being prohibited from this street or that street gets annoying as hell. Definitely a hell of a lot better than the subway, or driving a car though.

        • El Puma R.

          I know ! I thought about buying a scooter, but then, I live in dongbei, so over here you can ride a bike only 4 months per year.. the rest is snowing. this year 5 months, we’ve been lucky.

        • vincent

          Although with all that convenience come the risks as well of driving on roads in China.

          • Ruffled Feathers

            It’s not that bad on the roads in China. I hardly ever get road rage. What annoys me is the inconsistency of the road laws on licensing of vehicles. First city I was in allowed anything to be driven without a license, e-bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, anything. Second city I lived in banned everything with a gas motor, third city, which I’m in now, allows anything, as long as the motorcycles are properly licensed. It’s so annoying to have to keep buying replacements to fit the laws.

        • BigJ

          What did you pay for that?? I was thinking of buying one.

    • Adrianojapan

      Are you sure??? Have you ever lived in Japan???

      • Snazzy_Brett

        I thought that by writing “probably similar” it would be clear that, no, I don’t know for sure and I made an assumption. Is it common for wealthy businessmen to take the subway in Japan?
        Also, from what I know, Japan has different infrastructure than China or Korea. I heard there is a law so that only people who can park a car on their own property are allowed to purchase one. Is that true? That would surely limit who could and could not contribute to traffic congestion.

        • Adrianojapan

          In a classless society / automaker country, nobody really cares much about what you’re riding, neither your income, but rather your job position / abilities.
          If you want to own a car in most of japanese capitals, you got to prove you already have a place to park it.
          I’ve been just a few times in Seoul, but I didn’t see all that “social gap” riding the subway, much different of my home country.
          But in China, well…

          • anon

            Japan is a classless society? Really?

          • Rick in China

            @anon Japan is classless in some regards – no society is “completely” classless..but it’s a far cry from, say, India. I think that in general respect is shown more across the board to each other in Japan, moreso than in most countries, in my experience there and from what people who have spent far more time than I in Japan.

  • El Puma R.

    All these days without commenting have made me feel I don’t need to comment here anymore. I like the new format, too. Good for you, Mr. Chang, I wish more people could think like you…. lately I’ve been praying for God to take all the cars and smoke out of china but it doesn’t seem to work.. so now I pray to Him to get me more work so I can get out of this place sooner than I expected.

  • atomicneon

    He’s the guy who had the bloody fight for the seat.

  • Guest

    I am sorry are you using my name to post here?

    • El Puma R.

      sorry it as the browser’s fault.

  • narsfweasels

    Didn’t Roy Hodgson get into trouble recently for blabbing about his team selection plans on the London Underground?

  • diverdude7

    hope no one bites his ear off…

  • The Enlightened One

    Maybe he is a people person?

  • Wayne

    Reminds me of the soon-to-be former VP!

  • Vlttrhino

    He took example from Jay-Z in NYC recently XD 他 觉得 他 是 jayz吗 ?

  • moldavidian

    The world needs more people like Bloomberg and Mr. Chang.

  • Ma Xian Sheng

    Seems the Chinese can not comprehend having money and not spending every ounce of effort to show others that you have money.

  • “Let me tell everyone a secret, Morris Chang also shits…” Thank you Fauna, you always picks the perfect comments that cracks me up lol

    • Nick in Beijing

      Was thinking the same thing.

    • Winter B4 Spring

      REALLY?? Does he?!! dang!!

    • Credit owed is to Mr. Stuart Dingle in this case, not Fauna. She authorizes an upvote for you nonetheless. She might come around and upvote you again later.

      • moop

        its a shame mr. dingle is not a woman and married a man surnamed berry

    • lonetrey / Dan

      laughed at this too, good call by Mr. Stuart Dingle!

  • Rick in China


    BFD. Rich people ride the train to work daily, not just on specific days to avoid traffic, in many metropolitan cities.

  • elizabeth

    I am surprised there weren’t any bodyguards in sight.

  • don’t mind me. just commentin’

  • bill

    Is that the guy who eats people on the subway?

  • Ruffled Feathers

    The roads in China aren’t that bad, in fact I seldom ever get road rage anymore. I just hate the inconsistency of the road laws when moving from city to city. First town I was in, all motor scooters and e-bikes were fine to drive unlicensed. Next city banned all motorcycles, so you could only have electric, third city I am in now is tough on licensing anything with a gasoline engine. I miss my old motor scooter.

  • XiaoHei

    I live in the Mid East and walk to office everyday. And, I would prefer to walk to office even if I had a million dollars. Only problem is the weather here is so hot that stepping out of the house feels like visiting the sauna room.

  • wafflestomp

    A waste of a seat! A tired student could be sitting there ;P

  • themig

    can say sofa to the new comment system

  • Renegade

    If only more people realize that taking a subway could be faster, especially in traffic congested cities. Beijing is one good example whereby taking the subway is usually faster (provided you can get up); the roads are congested. To make matters worse, lanes are often closed for “VIPs’ to travel on and hell there are a lot of “VIPs” in Beijing all the time.

  • The best decision I ever made was to give up driving. Not because I was not a good at it, but simply because of the expense involved. I decided at 20 years of age, I’d rather save the $1000’s a year I spent on my car, insurance, upkeep, parking, and fuel and put that money towards international travel. It was the best decision I ever made.

  • ericC

    Morris went to school in America (both Harvard and MIT), having learned morale and ethics, he isnt like the other rich tycoons from Asia.