It was a shock for everyone when Lu Yen-Hsun 盧彥勳 (Lu is the family name), ranked 82nd in the world as of June 21, 2010, beat Andy Roddick, last year’s finalist, at Wimbledon and continued onto the final eight. This is the first time in 15 years an Asian player has continued this far in Wimbledon history. Lu, 26, was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to a chicken-farming family. He first started playing tennis in elementary school. His talent was noticed by the Taiwanese Nobel Laureate Yuan-Tseh Lee, who practices tennis at the elementary school. Lee has been helping Lu since then. At the end of the year 2000, Lu’s father, sole bread-earner of the family, passed away of a sudden myocardial infarction after discussing Lu’s future with his coach. With no financial resources, Lu gave up his plan of attending National Taiwan University or pursue education abroad, chose to attend the National Taiwan College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan Sport University), and pursue a professional career in tennis. Lu is no stranger at beating the world’s top tennis player. In 2004, he beat the then world number 3 Guillermo Coria on the grass court of Queen’s. He entered the ATP Top 100 one month after the victory. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic, he beat the then world number 6 Andy Murray. Even though he lost to the world number 3 Novak Djokovic, his world ranking is expected to top his previous record, 45th in the world. We applause his effort, and hope the best for his future career!
The quadrennial FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off in South Africa tomorrow on June 11, 2010. Taiwan, though did not qualified as one of the 32 teams that will be competing, will participate as producers of team uniforms. And not just any kind of uniforms, but jerseys made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Plastic bottles are broken down and drawn into strands to create the fibers and materials used in these shirts. On average, eight plastic bottles can be recycled into one jersey, each of which is 13 percent lighter and can absorb and disperse sweat more quickly than traditional fabric. According to the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which provides jersey manufacturers with assistance, over 13 million PET bottles were used to produce the 2010 World Cup jerseys for the teams and for retailers. Nine competing teams—from Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia and Slovakia—that will be participating in the 2010 World Cup soccer championship will be wearing uniforms made by Taiwanese manufacturers.
Ain’t technology grand? :)
Now, has this blog turned into those movie-review/promotion blogs? Nope, all posts must have something to do with Taiwan, so does this movie. Starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, and Keri Russell, Extraordinary Measures 愛的代價 tells a story of a Portland couple who has two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills before a child’s tenth birthday. The husband, John, who’s in advertising, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher who has a theory on an enzyme treatment. He has little money to pursue his research, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money for to get Stonehill going, then John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then a rival team of researchers. Time is passing, Stonehill’s antics get in the way, and the profit motive may upend John’s hopes….. (Excerpt from IMDB.) Continue reading “Extraordinary Measures 愛的代價 (2010)”
Chen Shu-chu 陳樹菊, 61, sells vegetable in a stall in the Central Market in Taitung County, one of the counties on the east coast of the island. She was selected as a heroes of philanthropy from Asia by the Forbes magazine in March, 2010. Despite her modest income, she has donated nearly NT$10 million (US$320,000) to various charitable causes, including $32,000 for a children’s fund, $144,000 to help build a library at a school she attended and another $32,000 for the local orphanage, where she also gives financial support to three children. When asked what her motivation was, she simply answered, “every time I help someone, I sleep well at night” and “I feel happy when I give money to someone who needs it When selected as a Hero in the 2010 TIME 100, she had set her mind on not attending the award ceremony, thinking only about getting her normal life back and her vegetable stall. It was only after the President of the ROC called her personally did she finally agree to attend. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued her a passport within an hour, paid for her plane ticket and spending in the US, and even send people from the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Office in New York to accompany her during the trip. Meanwhile, the American Institute in Taiwan issued her a visa the next morning, all just to send her to New York in time for the award ceremony and recognition she deserves. With all these special treatment, Chen feels flattered and remains her humble self. It has been reported that because of her, the amount of small donations to charities in Taiwan have tripled for the past day.
The Expo 2010 is expected to be opened on May 1st, 2010 in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. For the first time in 40 years, Taiwan is able to participate and present our culture, technology, and scenery to the world. The last time Taiwan attended the Expo was in Osaka, Japan in 1970, one year before its seat in the United Nations was replaced by the PRC. As the government elected in 2008 took a controversial China-friendly approach in making policies, the PRC has so far responded in kind. Nevertheless, Taiwan is excited to show case what it has to offer through the Taiwan pavilion, the core concept of which being “Mountain, Water, & Lantern of the Heart”. Shape like a lantern we release to pray for peace, the pavilion will appear differently in day and at night. At the center of the pavilion is a giant sphere known as “heart of Taiwan” and is entirely covered with LED screens. If you will be visiting Shanghai and the Expo 2010, please stop by the Taiwan Pavilion and enjoy the authentic Taiwanese hospitality!
Millions have watched him sing on YouTube. All the sudden the world’s attention turned to Lin Yu Chun 林育羣, 24, who successfully sang Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” on Taiwan’s talent show “Avenue to Stardom”. And now as a rising star, he hopes to pursue his dream as a singer, hopefully with his family’s support.