NBA’s Jor­dan Clark­son may visit dur­ing Jones Cup

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

NBA player Jor­dan Clark­son is ex­pected to visit Tai­wan to­gether with the Philip­pines na­tional bas­ket­ball team for an up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional hoop tour­na­ment to kick off in New Taipei to­day, Tai­wan’s bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tion has said.

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers point guard, how­ever, will not play for Team Philip­pines dur­ing the Wil­liam Jones Cup as he ap­plied to join the tour­ney as a VIP guest in­stead of as a player, Lee Yi-chung ( ), sec­re­tary- gen­eral of Tai­wan’s Chi­nese Taipei Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CTBA), told lo­cal media ear­lier this week.

Lee’s com­ment con­firmed ear- lier Philip­pines media re­ports that said the 23-year-old player could be vis­it­ing Tai­wan for the an­nual bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

The 6-foot-5 ris­ing tal­ent is cur­rently vis­it­ing the Philip­pines to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try at an Asia qual­i­fy­ing round for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics this Septem­ber.

Born in the United States to an Amer­i­can fa­ther and a Filipino mother, Clark­son has joined the Philip­pines team for prac­tice and was quoted this Thurs­day by for­eign media as say­ing he is ea­ger to play for the Philip­pines’ na­tional team.

The Philip­pines bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tion has ex­pressed hope that is rather numbed when Tai­wanese peo­ple are show­ered with foolish talk shows or triv­ial lo­cal news all the time.

No mat­ter what, my heart is to­tally bi­ased de­spite these chal­lenges, as there are al­ways chal­lenges ev­ery­where in the world. This re­lax­ing tempo, ap­pre­ci­a­tion for in­di­vid­u­als and style of life in Tai­wan is still ap­peal­ing to a Hong Konger like me, who had no choice be­ing born in this “fast and fu­ri­ous en­vi­ron­ment.”

God bless Tai­wan. Be our role model in Asia! they can clear all the re­quire­ments of FIBA, the In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion, in time to get Clark­son to play for the team.

The 37th edi­tion of the Wil­liam Jones Cup, which fea­tures some of the top bas­ket­ball squads from around the world, will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 6 in New Taipei.

Aside from the Tai­wan na­tional team, Tai­wan’s B-team, the Philip­pines, South Korea, Iran, New Zealand, the U.S., Rus­sia and Ja­pan will all be play­ing head to head, ac­cord­ing to the CTBA.

Tai­wan’s na­tional team will open the tour­ney to­day ver­sus Ja­pan, while the Philip­pines will play Tai­wan to­mor­row at the Xinchuang Gym­na­sium in New Taipei City.

The EasyCard Corp. (悠遊卡公司) is re­leas­ing a lim­ited-edi­tion set of card cov­ers with the im­age of Ja­panese adult film ac­tress Hatano Yui start­ing in Septem­ber. The de­ci­sion has gen­er­ated con­tro­versy; some think it in­ap­pro­pri­ate as all ages will be able to pur­chase the card cov­ers and it im­plies the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women, while the com­pany de­scribed the im­ages of Hatano as a “healthy aes­thetic.”

If you have an opin­ion about EasyCard Corp.’s de­ci­sion or the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women, why don’t you share some thoughts to be pub­lished in next week’s PrimeTalk? Send sub­mis­sions to com­mu­nity@ chi­na­ and in­clude your real name, na­tion­al­ity, con­tact num­ber, some photos and a pro­file. Spec­ify “Eye on Tai­wan” in the sub­ject line and en­sure your sub­mis­sion is be­tween 300 to 500 words. Writ­ers whose pieces are se­lected for pub­li­ca­tion will re­ceive one month’s free sub­scrip­tion to The China Post.

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cheap liv­ing costs, re­lax­ing tempo and beau­ti­ful scenery.

China Post file photos

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