Taiwan’s representative office and the Taiwanese expatriate community in Washington are planning to make an event of Jeremy Lin’s only visit to the US capital this season on Feb. 23.
Representative to the US King Pu-tsung will invite US politicians to attend the game and support Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, officials with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US said on Monday.
The office is also trying to arrange for King, a sports enthusiast, to meet Lin after the game between Lin’s Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards, the officials said. With the game being played a day before the Lantern Festival on the lunar calendar, King hopes to present special festival gifts to Lin to give the US-born player a taste of the traditional Chinese festival, the officials said.
The last time Lin played in Washington was in February last year, when he was with the New York Knicks and the “Linsanity” craze was just starting to take shape. Lin’s 23 points and 10 assists led the Knicks to a 107-93 victory, the third in a string of seven wins that shot the obscure Harvard graduate to international stardom.
Although “Linsanity” has petered out since he joined the Rockets in the off-season, Taiwanese expatriates in Washington remain loyal fans of his and have asked the representative office about tickets for the upcoming Rockets-Wizards game, the officials said.
The office is encouraging expatriates and students in the Washington area to attend the game and have suggested that they buy discounted group tickets via the Wizards’ Web site. One association of Chinese-language schools in the area has bought 300 tickets, the office said. To add to the festivities, a youth group affiliated with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Washington will perform a lion dance before the game, the officials added.