2017 Universiade opens in Taipei

The 29th Summer Universiade, the world university games, opens tonight in a ceremony at Taipei Stadium in Taiwan’s capital city. More than 7,000 athletes from 144 countries are competing in 22 sporting events. The ceremony features cultural and music performances, speeches from Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin (Russia), and lighting of the ceremonial flame. The parade of nations was interrupted by anti-pension reform protesters, resulting in most athletes having to enter the stadium after all flag bearers have passed through. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced the opening of the games. Continue reading “2017 Universiade opens in Taipei”

Taiwan is called what in the 2017 Universiade?

Update (11 August): After much reporting by Taiwanese media, the media guide published by the organizing committee has changed all geographical reference of the island in the kit to Taiwan. FISU’s page about the 2017 Universiade retains odd language using Chinese Taipei.

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The 29th Summer Universiade, the world university games, will be held in Taipei, Taiwan during 19-30 August, 2017. Touted as a great opportunity to showcase Taiwan on the international stage after Kaohsiung hosted the World Games and Taipei hosted the Deaflympics, both in 2009, Taipei is busy preparing for games and the opening ceremony, which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to attend.

Despite all the fanfare and being the hosting country, Taiwan is not called Taiwan during the games. The English media guide introduces Taiwan under the title “Introduction of Our Island-Chinese Taipei” and continues with “Chinese Taipei is long and narrow[.]” Continue reading “Taiwan is called what in the 2017 Universiade?”

Here and There

Ever since President Tsai Ing-wen and her government refuse to confirm the so-called “1992 Consensus”, which China insists is the foundation for friendly cross-strait relationship, several incidents have happened to show us what happens when Taiwan stops going along with the “One China” principle. Tour groups from China have decreased, and China has been more aggressive in reducing Taiwan’s international participation. China could do that because it is a major international power and has a large and lucrative consumer market foreign companies want access to. Like most rich and powerful bullies, it can afford to bully Taiwan and get away with it, and certainly is not apologizing for any of it.

Here are just some of the more recent incidents that major international media don’t really report, and I am sure more will come:

On April 19, a 5-member Taiwanese delegation was ejected from a OECD steel committee meeting held in Brussels, Belgium. China claimed that Taiwan did not send officials with high enough rankings. Taiwan has been participating in the meeting since 1998 as an observer. Continue reading “Here and There”

Chinese Taipei?

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Every four years, whenever the Summer Olympics comes along*, I inevitably get the question, “why is Taiwan called Chinese Taipei in the Olympics?”

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Taiwan’s official flag, Chinese Taipei Olympic flag, and the Olympics rings

CNN provides an explanation for this, but I want to give it more context. Continue reading “Chinese Taipei?”

Team Taiwan’s Olympic uniforms

As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is only about two weeks away, Taiwan’s Olympic team debuted its uniform for this year last week.

Usually I try to post nice things about Taiwan, and technically it’s not entirely the designer’s fault that the word “Taiwan” isn’t shown anywhere, but I wasn’t expecting the team to go to a neon party. Let’s just hope that we excel better at the different events than designing this year.

Cheer for Taiwan at the Olympics and Paralympics!

2012 Olympic Games in London, Medal Count for Taiwan
Gold: 0
Silver: 1
Bronze: 1

2012 Paralympic Games in London, Medal Count for Taiwan
Gold: 0
Silver: 1
Bronze: 2

(9/8) Congratulations to Kun-Nan Ko 柯坤男, Wen-Hsin Lin 林文信, and Yen-Hung Lin 林晏弘 on winning 4th place in table tennis (men’s team – class 4-5)

(9/3) Congratulations to Tzu-Hui Lin 林資惠 on winning the bronze medal in powerlifting (women’s – 75 kg)!

(9/3) Congratulations to Lung-Hui Tseng 曾隆煇 on winning the bronze medal in archery (men’s individual recurve – W1/W2)!

(8/30) Congratulations to Kai-Lin Lee 李凱琳 on winning the silver medal in judo (women’s – 48 kg)!

(8/29) Taiwan is sending 18 athletes to compete in archery, athletics,  judo, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, and table tennis in the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games. For more information on athletes from Taiwan and the events they will be competing in, please visit London 2012.

(8/12) The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is now officially over. Taiwan earned one silver and one bronze medal over 16 days of competition, and ranks 63th in medal count among more than 200 delegations from around the world. Stay tune for our report on the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, opening on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012.

(8/9) Congratulations to Li-Cheng Tseng 曾櫟騁 on winning the bronze medal in taekwondo (women’s – 57 kg)!

(8/2) Congratulations to Chih-Yuan Chuang 莊智淵 on winning 4th place in table tennis (men’s singles)!

(7/29) Congratulations to Shu-Ching Hsu 許淑淨 on winning the silver medal in weightlifting (women’s 53 kg)!

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is well on its way, here we would like to invite all to cheer for the athletes from Taiwan! This year Taiwan is sending 44 qualifying athletes to compete in 27 sports events (counting in both genders, individuals, and group competitions), including archery, athletics, badminton, cycling – road, cycling – track, fencing, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and weightlifting. For more information on athletes from Taiwan and the events they will be competing in, please visit London 2012 or BBC Sport.

Continue reading “Cheer for Taiwan at the Olympics and Paralympics!”