Third of Universiade merchandise made in China

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 14, 2017
By: Chou Yan-yu / Staff reporter

The Summer Universiade, which is to begin on Saturday, is being touted by the Taipei

Official merchandise for the Taipei Universiade is displayed in Taipei on Wednesday. According to the manufacturer, the most popular item to date is the Bravo bear mascot. Photo: Chou Yen-yu, Taipei Times

City Government as an opportunity to promote Taiwanese firms to the world, but much of the games’ official merchandise has been manufactured in China.

The games’ official merchandise is divided into nine categories, including clothing, accessories, souvenirs, collectibles, stationery, personal products, consumer electronics, gift packages and others. This is divided into 165 subcategories for a total of 520 items.

A number of products at a souvenir shop in Taipei City Hall were labeled “Made in China,” the majority of which depicted the event’s mascot, Bravo, including a NT$80 (US$2.64) coaster, a NT$99 badge, a NT$120 cloth badge, a NT$120 smartphone stand, a NT$149 silicon purse, a NT$150 key chain, a NT$220 embroidered name tag, a NT$250 stirrer, a NT$290 tote bag, a NT$390 fragrant candle, a NT$550 container and two plush Bravo toys priced at NT$550 and NT$680 respectively.    [FULL  STORY]

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