Boat book fair canceled
A visit by the Germany-registered passenger ship Logos Hope’s to Taiwan to stage a book fair has been canceled, a spokesman for the event’s organizers said. James Chen (陳進理) said in a news release that the ship was forced to give up the visit after experiencing mechanical issues on Friday night on its way from Hong Kong. The ship, carrying 400 volunteer crew members from 56 countries, returned safely to Hong Kong on Saturday. Chen said that since repairs could take between 10 days and two weeks, the event had to be canceled. The book fair had been scheduled to take place at Keelung Port from today until Jan. 20.
US House official to visit
The new chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs will lead a congressional delegation to visit the nation later this month to discuss bilateral ties and regional security. Republican Representative Ed Royce is scheduled to arrive for a three-day visit on Jan. 26, said Bruce Linghu (令狐榮達), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of North American Affairs. The delegation will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, economic affairs, national defense and others to discuss issues including Taipei-Washington ties, Taiwan-China relations and regional peace, Linghu said. Taiwan is one of the destinations in Royce’s trip to the region, which follows his taking over as the chairman of the committee earlier this month, Linghu said. Royce succeeded Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
University makes digital pen
National Cheng Kung University has developed a digital pen that allows users to change brush strokes and colors with a single pen while drawing on a computer screen. Users can change color, brush thickness and medium style, such as watercolor or crayon, by rotating or pressing the pen, or changing the angle at which it is held, the university said. The pen, which can be used on tablet computers, is convenient because users do not have to change the paint functions manually on the computer, said Wu Fong-gong (吳豐光), an industrial design professor at the university, who led the research team. He said the pen could also make drawing more enjoyable for children since it offers multiple types of pen strokes. The team has received a patent for its invention in China and is currently applying for one in Taiwan, the university said.
Yuan Dynasty art displayed
A series of portraits of emperors and consorts in China’s Yuan Dynasty are being exhibited at the National Palace Museum in Taipei to mark the 850th birthday of the dynasty’s first emperor, Genghis Khan, the museum said. The five imperial portraits, including paintings of Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, will be on display until March 25 as part of the exhibition “The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting.” Monogolian Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tumenjargal Magaadai will lead a delegation on a visit to the museum tomorrow to mark the event, the museum said. The Ulan Bator Trade and Economic Office in Taipei will also arrange to have Mongolian masters sing traditional folk songs and play the morin khuur, a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument, at the event.