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Fun Facts About Taiwan

Taipei TaiwanDID YOU KNOW THAT¦ Taiwan won the 1996 Little League World Series in the U.S Ccity of Williamsport. Baseball is the national sport in Taiwan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Like France, Italy and the United States, Taiwan is very famous for its films in the world. The prizes attained include the Golden Lion awarded by the Venice International Film Festival to Hou Hsiao-hsien's "City of Sadness" (1989). In 2001, Ang Lee's "Crouching, Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four Oscars at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Music, and Best Art Cinematography.He is considered one of the best film directors of all times. Ang Lee was born on October 23, 1954, in Pingting, Taiwan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Lu Hsiu-lien (Annette Lu) was vice president of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008. On December 9, 2001, she became the first woman to be awarded the World Peace Prize from the World Peace Corps Academy. She announced her intention to run for Taiwan's President in 2007 but withdrew her bid. Lu Hsiu-lien was born on June 7, 1944, in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Taiwan hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 1988. Ironically, Miss Taiwan, Jade Hu Fei-tsui, did not even make the semi-finals.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Different from Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, Taiwan is a democratic country. Freedom and democracy are more than just slogans in Taiwan. The first article of the Constitution National says "The Republic of China (or Taiwan), founded on the Three Principles of the People, shall be a democratic republic of the people, to be governed by the people and for the people."

DID YOU KNOW THAT Taiwan competed at the 1973 Summer Olympics in Munich,West Germany. The Taiwanese delegation had 22 athletes competing in ten sports: track and field (8), boxing (1), wrestling (1), judo(4), weighlifting (1), cycling (1), shooting(1), archery (1), swimming (3), and sailing (1).

DID YOU KNOW THAT Taiwan is slightly bigger than Belgium.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Lee Yuan-tseh. He was born on November 19, 1936, in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT After the Cold War, Taiwan emerged as one of the most powerful economies in the Third World.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is Asia's capital of art and culture. It is home to some of the most famous museums in Asia. Taipei's National Palace Museum has the world's largest collection of oriental art treasures. Much of the immense collection of porcelain, jade, sculptures, paintings, and bronze is regularly rotated. The National Museum of Prehistory is a famous Taiwanese museum situated adjacent to the Puyuma archeological site in Taitung County.

DID YOU KNOW THAT On November 9, 1961, Miss Taiwan, Grace Li, competed in the international beauty pageant Miss World, held in London, England. Miss Taiwan was the first runner-up at the Miss World 1961.She was long considered one of the most beautiful women in Taiwan.

Street Food in TaiwanDID YOU KNOW THAT Master Chen Yen is known by many as "The Mother Teresa of Asia". She is an advocate for the poor and homeless in Asia. In 1996, Chen Yen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against poverty.She once said: " The Buddha became the Buddha because he gave up his life to save people. Donating our bone marrow does no harm to us. We can save people without hurting ourselves. So, I hope you donate. I also hoped to set up a Data Bank of 20,000 donors, or 50,000 donors, or 100,000. If there is a Bank of 100,000, the opportunity for a patient to be saved will be as high as 95%."

DID YOU KNOW THAT Taiwan has competed in the Winter Olympic Games 9 times (Sapporo-1972, Innsbruck-1976, Sarajevo-1984, Calgary-1988, Albertville-1992,Lillehammer-1994, Nagano-1998,Salt Lake City-2002 and Turin-2006). Taiwan did not have participants in 2010 (Vancouver, Canada) and 2014 (Sochi, Russia).

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He has studied political science and journalism. He has published more than seventy-five research papers in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called "The Dictator and Alicia Alonso". He is an expert on foreign affairs. Futhermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latina America.

He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). His favorite film is "Gorillas in the Mist".Some of his favorite books are "The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad" (by V.S.Naipaul), "Las Mujeres de los Dictadores" (by Juan Gasparini) and "Murder of a Gentle Land" (by John Barron and Anthony Paul). His personal motto is "The future is for those people who believe in the beauty o f their dreams" by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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