Fri, Jan 11, 2013 - Page 5 News List

Don’t call me ‘Miss,’ artist says

LADY LUCK:Balloon artist Shen Ta-niang is not a woman, despite the very feminine appellation, but the unusual name has brought profit and fun to his life and work

By Tsai Shu-yuan and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“The name is easy to pronounce, it is interesting and memorable. People meeting me for the first time feel I am a nice, friendly guy,” Shen said.

At times, it is the cause of funny encounters. Shen said he would receive sales calls or inquiries on the phone, and they always refer to him as “Miss Shen.” When he corrects them by saying he is not Miss Shen, they sometimes change their tone, emphasizing each syllable, and say: “Yes, Miss Shen Tai-niang.”

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