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Taiwanese `Techno Prince' supports Olympic team in London

2012/07/30 14:58:24

London, July 29 (CNA) Taiwan's "Techno Prince" and over 300 Taiwanese expatriates and students in the United Kingdom ran and danced in the rain to show their support for the Taiwanese Olympic team in London Sunday.

The expats and students gathered near London Zoo before a 100-meter run and later danced to electronic music along with the Techno Prince -- a modern version of an ancient Taoist deity, who dances to electronic music and is a fusion of Taiwanese pop culture and traditional folk arts.

Some of the participants showed up with their faces painted in blue, white and red -- the colors of the Republic of China's national flag -- and some were draped in the ROC flag, while others hoisted the national flag on Regent Street, one of London's most popular shopping districts.

After the event, the Techno Prince and the expats headed further down Regent Street, where controversy had recently taken place surrounding a display of flags of the countries taking part in the Olympics.

An ROC flag was hoisted there amid a display of 206 national flags to celebrate the Olympics but was later taken down and replaced with the flag of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.

"We are Taiwan, don't call us Chinese Taipei," chanted the group as they raised the national flag and sang the ROC national flag anthem.

The man behind the Techno Prince costume, National Taipei University student Wu Chien-heng, said on his Facebook page that he was "very happy to unite Taiwanese abroad with the event" and encouraged people to "do something for Taiwan."

To increase Taiwan's visibility around the world, Wu has been traveling in his Techno Prince costume to a number of places around the world, including India, Egypt, Kenya, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and the United States, since early 2011.

(By Jennifer Huang and Liu Shih-chun)