Photo by Rhea Nall & Mike Lawrence
Nearly 2,000 Taiwanese living in New York and other parts of the United States including Washington D.C. and New Jersey flocked to Barclays Center on Sunday Jan 15th to see the Brooklyn Nets play the Houston Rockets. It’s Brooklyn Net’s first Taiwanese Heritage Night to help celebrate Taiwanese culture through dance, music and Jeremy Lin bobblehead as Lin was the NBA’s first American-born player of Taiwanese descent.
On what was designated as Taiwan Culture Night, though dressed sharply in a white suit with black trims, the stylish Jeremy Lin unfortunately still remained sidelined for the Brooklyn Nets as the team was giving away his bobblehead for the first 10000 fans sponsored by Kenda Tires. Lin has battled a strained left hamstring almost all season and has been limited to 12 games in his first season with the Nets.
Besides JLin bobblehead giveaway for the first 10K fans, the Taiwanese Heritage Night had a special performance during half-time show, four Santaizi Dancing Princes danced to electronic hiphop songs and Taiwanese rapper Dwagie also performed his popular track “Taiwan Song”.
Ms. Hsu Li-wen (徐儷文), Taiwan Ambassador and the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, also showed up to support the Taiwanese Heritage Night. The night was also used to promote the upcoming 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade for university athletes so the 2017 Universiade mascot Formosan black bear was also there at Barclays Center.
With Lin and Brook Lopez on the bench, the Nets lost the game 137- 112.