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Forbes 30 under 30 Asia includes Taiwan social entrepreneur - 2017

Chang Hsi-tzu, who is just 26 years old, was selected as one of the leaders in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, and was the only woman among the five Taiwan residents that made this year’s list.

The idea for City Wanderer came from an assignment Chang received while studying in the Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University. At that time, she and many of her classmates were unsure of their future career paths, so they decided to organize a competition that would help them step outside their comfort zones. With tasks like giving hugs to strangers, writing stories about the lives of others and donating blood, the game provided inspiration by opening up a window onto the possibilities of life.

The organization has since developed a more comprehensive system to help youths explore their potential. They cooperate with enterprises, encouraging students to take internships and observe workers in different industries. The game also expanded outside of Taiwan to places such as Hong Kong, the U.S. and mainland China.

As an entrepreneur, she not want her identity as a woman being stressed. Once, a businessman showed interest in investing in her organization and requested a late-night meeting. Chang agreed, eager for an opportunity to present the proposal. The businessman had other ideas, suggesting that she would no longer need to work at all if she agreed to a relationship with him. The man was bluntly rejected. Chang was visibly perturbed when telling the story. She said she was determined to let him know that there are people in the world who are true professionals.

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