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The History of Mets Taiwan Day with Diana Lee of Hello Taiwan Ep 202

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

On this episode of Talking Taiwan I’m speaking with Diana Lee, one of the founders and organizers of Hello Taiwan about Mets Taiwan Day which is in its 17th year. It’s coming up soon on August 28th. We talked about how the event got started, some of the celebrities and notable people who have appeared at Mets Taiwan Day in the past and what sorts of activities and things people will experience at the event. Among the most exciting news for Taiwanese baseball fans is who will be throwing the first pitch of the game, and how to get a limited edition MetsTaiwan No. 1 jersey. Hello Taiwan also sponsors other sporting and cultural events throughout the year.

This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by NATWA, the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association.



NATWA was founded in 1988, and its mission is:


  1. to evoke a sense of self-esteem and enhance women’s dignity,
  2. to oppose gender discrimination and promote gender equality,
  3. to fully develop women’s potential and encourage their participation in public affairs,
  4. to contribute to the advancement of human rights and democratic development in Taiwan,
  5. to reach out and work with women’s organizations worldwide to promote peace for all.


To learn more about NATWA visit their website:


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • How and when Mets Taiwan Day started
  • How the NY Mets have several celebration of different culture events in the month of August
  • Activities at Mets Taiwan Day include the Formosan Black Bear mascot, Third Prince, diabolo performance
  • Peng Cheng-min (aka Chia Chia) former Taiwanese baseball player and coach will be throwing the first pitch at this year’s Mets Taiwan Day
  • The Mets Taiwan No. 1 jersey and how to get one
  • How the Mets Taiwan No. 1 jersey will be available in kids sizes for the first time this year
  • Celebrities and famous, notable Taiwanese who have made appearances or thrown the first pitch at past Mets Taiwan Day events
  • Other sports events sponsored by Hello Taiwan include: Rhode Island Dragon Boat Festival, Hello Taiwan Night at Dodgers’ Stadium, Hello Taiwan Night Lunar New Year event with the Long Island Nets
  • Other events that Hello Taiwan has planned throughout the year for Halloween, a Taiwanese night market, Easter, Christmas


Related Links:


NY Mets unveil Taiwan Heritage Day jersey (an article from the Taipei Times):


The NY Mets Celebration of Culture Events:


Hello Taiwan:


Hello Taiwan on Facebook:


Mets Taiwan Day Facebook page:


Taiwan’s Formosan black bear:


Taipei Times article about the Third Prince (三太子):




Peng Cheng-min (aka Chia Chia) former Taiwanese baseball player and coach:


President Tsai Ing-wen:


President Tsai Ing-wen on Twitter:


Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s Representative to the United States:


Film Director Ang Lee (李安):


Golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮):


Taiwan’s only Nobel laureate, Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲):


The Chairman (rock band):


Dwagie (rapper):


Hiphop – Dwagie Talking Taiwan (Episode 50):


Quarantine in Taiwan: An Interview with Diana Lee (Episode 89):


Ming Chiang: Hello Taiwan Brings Greater Recognition to Taiwan’s Name and Identity (Episode 154):

About the Host

Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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