President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday met New York-based Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu and his family. Wu is best known for dresses worn by former US first lady Michelle Obama on several occasions. These include gowns she wore for the first and second inaugurations of her husband, President Barack Obama.
President Tsai said she was very glad to meet Wu in person after having previously only seen him on posters.
Tsai knows Wu’s father and older brother, however. Last year she visited the Wu family’s pork industry tourism farm in Yunlin, the first such farm in Taiwan. Tsai said the spirit of innovation flows in the family.
Tsai said, “The farm is a subversion of what we think of agriculture today. It is able to show a modern side of the livestock industry. It also displays the innovative values of our agriculture. I think the spirit of innovation and change flows in the blood of your family.”
The president said Jason Wu is well known in Taiwan but is even more famous in the US. Tsai called him the pride of Taiwan and hopes that he can share his thoughts on the country’s culture and creative industry and the fashion industry.