Letter From Taipei

Barber to Taiwan’s presidents: 81-year-old shares stories about his most famous clients

Mr Chiu Yen-chung is known as the “barber to the presidents”. ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
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TAIPEI – An unassuming barber shop sits in a corner of the palatial The Grand Hotel Taipei, looking almost out of place amid the opulence and splendour of the iconic building.

But Mr Chiu Yen-chung, who runs the small space on his own, is no ordinary hairdresser. The 81-year-old is known as the “barber to the presidents”.

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