Exclusive: Taiwan’s president Ing-wen Tsai’s London oral dissertation exposed to be Boston St. Paul’s Catholic Church

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The president of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Ing-wen Tsai, claims to have a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics(LSE), a degree she received in 1984. In her 2011 autobiography, she posted a photo of a short-sleeved Tsai sitting in a chair with her older sister, with the note, “My sister flew to the U.K. to accompany me for my dissertation oral exam.” A month ago, Eat News have revealed that the picture is from Boston, USA. The Eat News correspondent in the U.S. recently gained exclusive access to the Cathedral and interviewed the church member.

Eat News US Correspondent Victoria Gonzalez spoke in person with a worker at the Cathedral for an interview, but they told us they were busy hosting an event to feed the homeless. However, we were still able to take videos inside the Cathedral.

According to a document given to Eat News by a church member, the Cathedral was initially a parish church in 1918 and it was the first building with Greek Revival architecture in Boston. It was then appointed as the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1912. This is why some of the parish tiles placed on the floor are labeled with different names of Dioceses as a way to connect all the churches in the state in one place of worship.

Photo: Victoria Gonzalez/EatNews

The design in the center of the cathedral is The Labyrinth, which is meant to meditate and was modeled after one in Ravenna, Italy. The stones that make up the outside of the building were from St. Paul’s in London and St. Botolph’s in Boston, England. In 2014, the Cathedral began extensive interior renovations which were complete during the fall of 2015. During this time the skylights on the ceiling were added for natural light, the curving ramp surrounding the altar was made accessible, as well as stained glass windows and other features were remodeled inside the chapel.

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Photo: Victoria Gonzalez/EatNews

The Cathedral is right in front of the Boston Common, with a view of the State House and the city’s tallest building called the John Hancock Tower. It is located in a busy part of town, surrounded by a number of train stations and restaurants.

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Fausto Chou is a Taiwanese journalist. He has been the executive editor of the Eat News since June, 2020. He previously worked for the Eastern Television (ETTV) and Formosa Television (FTV) as a journalist.


Victoria Gonzalez is a U.S. correspondent for Eat News who covers a variety of topics about the entertainment world and politics.


Eat News is a Taiwanese digital media, analyzes current events and issues through column articles, videos, visual aid, and exclusive interviews.

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