Company aids refugees
A Taiwanese company in Jordan on Thursday donated 10,000 jackets to help Syrian refugees keep warm during the winter. Representative to Jordan Andrew Chang (張雲屏) and executives of the company, called Atlanta, completed the donation procedure with Ayman al-Mufleh, secretary-general of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. The company delivered the 10,000 fleece jackets to the charity’s warehouse in Mafraq in northern Jordan, where the jackets will be sorted and distributed to two camps housing refugees from the unrest in neighboring Syria. The company transported the clothes, which have a map of Taiwan embroidered on them, in a truck emblazoned with the flags of Taiwan and Jordan and bearing the slogan “Friendship from Taiwan.”
Comics fair starts Feb. 14
The first Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival, which starts on Thursday, will invite 33 graphic artists, animation directors and voice actors from Japan and Taiwan to interact with fans at the show, event organizers said. The festival, which will run until Feb. 18 at the Taipei World Trade Center, will feature 300 booths by 35 local and foreign exhibitors, as well as close to 30 book-signing and other publicity events, the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association said. Among the invited guests are Taiwanese graphic artists Ponjea (彭傑) and Japanese film director and animator Mamoru Hosoda, whose 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.