Taiwan Day 2013 at Mets with Wei Te-Sheng

Wei Te-Sheng

Article By William Kustiono
Photo by Niko

On Saturday of August 3rd at Citi Field, The Met’s 9th Taiwan Heritage Day was celebrated with a baseball match between New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. There was a Taiwanese booth that featured the best of Taiwan’s tourist sites and a “Meet & Greet” session at Fan Fest with VIP Guest 魏德聖 (Wei Te-Sheng), director of the Taiwanese blockbuster movies “Cape No. 7″ and “Seediq Bale” and producer of the upcoming movie KANO. With each ticket purchase, an exclusive “2013 Taiwan Day” drawstring bag featuring Mr. Met was given. The choice of a free serving of shaved ice with your dinner at 101 Taiwanese Cuisine or free medium Sri Lankan Black Tea drink at Shiny Tea New York for the audience to choose and enjoy.

William with Third Prince

The Taiwan Day pre-game show started at 12:30pm. The FASCA (Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors) performed their Taiwanese Diabolo, Chinese yo-yos swung and spun in unison, sometimes thrown to each other and caught following the beat of the music. Following the yo-yo performance, the McDonald’s Martial Arts Dance Crew performed break dance and then there was a performance of ‘Techno’ San Tai Zi (Third Prince) by the Taiwanese American Association of New York (TAANY) and a singing performance by Mei-Jin Ho, flight attendant of China Airlines before the game started.

Spirit Awards Recipient

Some of the notable people who received the Mets’ Spirit Awards are Mr. Te-Sheng Wei, Mr. Thomas Chang, Director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau office in New York; Mr. Tony Lin, President of the Taiwan Pingtung Association of North American; Mr. Sunny Huang, President of the Hakka Association of New York; Mr. Richard Mei, China Airlines District Sales Manager; Ms. Ying Jen Sun, the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors; and Mr. Jason Ng, McDonald’s representative.

In the middle of the fifth inning, the audience was presented with a special screening of an upcoming Taiwanese movie called, KANO. This movie is about the story of a Taiwanese baseball team competing for Japan’s National High School Baseball Championship during the Japanese colonial era in Taiwan. Taiwanese director Wei Te-Sheng was present and attended the game too. He hoped this screening will promote Taiwan Tourism as well as encouraging people to understand the baseball culture in Taiwan.

Wei Te-Sheng

Director Thomas Chang with China Airlines Flight Attendants

Taiwan Day 2013 at Mets with Wei Te-Sheng Press Conference


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