Taiwan-born fashion designer Jason Wu (吳季剛) attended a farm fair in Taipei yesterday to help promote local agricultural products.
The four-day event in the lobby of the Taipei 101 building was organized by the Taiwan Advanced Agribusiness Development Association, which is headed by Wu’s father, Wu Kun-min (吳昆民).
“Although I’m not an expert [in agriculture], I feel an obligation and responsibility to help Taiwan promote its products,” Jason Wu said.
The New York-based designer said he was very excited every time he returned to Taiwan because he saw more improvements in the country.
This time, he was especially happy to be able to come back to celebrate his father’s achievements, he said.
Jason Wu said it was from his father that he gained an entrepreneurial spirit and a good work ethic, so he wanted to use the opportunity to pay tribute to his father and let him know that his success as a designer was due to his father’s inspiration and guidance.
Jason Wu shot to worldwide fame in early 2009 after US first lady Michelle Obama wore one of his designs to her husband’s inauguration ball. In Taiwan, first lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) won widespread praise when she appeared in a long-sleeved brown satin dress designed by Wu at the National Day celebrations in 2010.
Speaking at the farm fair, Wu Kun-min complained about the government’s recent decision to reopen Taiwan’s market to hairy crabs from China in September.
Wu Kun-min said he felt a bit sad about the policy because local farmers have spent many years raising hairy crabs in Miaoli County, and just before the first domestically raised hairy crabs hit the market on Oct. 10, Chinese crabs were allowed into the country.