Jeremy Lin coming
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (林書豪) is set to start an Asian tour next week that will include a week-long stay in Taiwan and a 10-day, five-city visit to China. The Taiwanese American basketball star is to arrive in Beijing tomorrow, after which he will head to Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Dongguan. He will then land in Taiwan on July 16. Lin’s packed schedule includes publicity events on July 17 and 18. That will be followed by a youth basketball camp on July 19 and 20 with Steve Novak of the Toronto Raptors as guest coach, according to tour sponsor Adidas. The visit comes amid rumors that Lin will be traded by his team. In a bid to woo New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, the Houston Rockets on Wednesday put up billboards and banners of Anthony wearing a No. 7 Rockets jersey, which currently belongs to Lin. Lin appeared upset with the move and said he felt disrespected.
Fireworks festival launched
Changhua County yesterday launched its annual Wanggong Fireworks Festival with a ceremony at a temple near the fishing port. Now in its 10th year, the festival features fireworks displays, local produce and delicacies and a music festival — which Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) said rivals the better-known Kenting music festival in Pingtung and the Gongliao music festival in New Taipei City. Cho praised Wanggong (王功), a small fishing port in Changhua’s Fangyuan Township (芳苑), for its “distinctive features,” such as beautiful sunsets and oyster aquaculture. As a further incentive for visitors to brave the hot weather, the county government has prepared 500 soft-serve ice cream cones and 500 commemorative hats to hand out for free. Free shuttle bus service is available to help visitors get to and from the port.
S Korean fair draws 50,000
About 50,000 people visited a large-scale South Korean fair in Taipei yesterday to check out the country’s pop cultural offerings, including music and TV dramas. You Jin-ho, director of event organizer Korea Tourism Organization, said the number of people who visited on the first day of the two-day event at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3 was double what he expected. Lines of people were seen at the cosmetics and skin care booths, while others sampled South Korean snacks and learned about options to study in the country. The show features 124 booths from 85 organizations. Admission is free.
Comic con opens on Aug. 7
Graphic artists, voice actors and animators from Taiwan and Japan are to gather in Taipei on Aug. 7 for the opening of this year’s Comic Exhibition. So far, 24 Taiwanese and Japanese artists are set to participate in the exhibition’s activities and book-signing events, with more expected to sign up in the coming weeks, said the event organizer, the Taipei-based Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association. Animation powerhouse Disney will be participating for the first time, the association said. Japanese actor Yuki Kaji, who voiced the main character of the popular anime series Attack on Titan, and manga artist Isaku Natsume, known for her work on False Memories 2, will be at the exhibition. The scale of the exhibition will be the largest to date, with more than 60 publishers setting up about 530 booths, compared with about 450 last year. The exhibition is to run until Aug. 12 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1.