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Discovery Channel to present program on Taiwan's tech innovation
Central News Agency
2014-06-03 06:24 PM
Taipei, June 3 (CNA) The Discovery Channel said Tuesday at a press conference that it will present a new series of documentaries that showcase Taiwan's achievements in medicine, agriculture and industrial innovation development. The three-episode program, which was made in cooperation with Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be premiered in Taiwan June 5, said Arjan Hokstra, president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific. The first episode, titled "Taiwan Revealed: Body Reconstructed," focuses on Taiwanese micro surgeon Wei Fu-chan and his team at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's plastic reconstructive surgery department. Wei, among the world's top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, has provided surgical treatment to the victims of occupational accidents with severed fingers and patients in need of craniofacial reconstruction and other complaints. The episode features how Wei and his team repaired three people and helped them restore their dignity. The patients include a Taiwanese man who lost 10 fingers in an accident and a Hong Kong woman who lost her lower jaw from a gunshot. Another episode "Taiwan Revealed: Convenient Truths," to be aired June 12, showcases cutting-edge agricultural innovations in Taiwan, the channel said. Among the featured stories are a high-tech LED lighting system that helps produce beautiful water bamboo in the central county of Nantou, a pre-warning system for fruit flies that protects guava farms in Changhua and the invention of a membrane that can recycle and reuse industrial water. The final documentary in the series, "Taiwan Revealed: Innovation Island," will be shown June 19. Featured stories include the world's first transparent smartphone, which was introduced by a Taiwanese company and the use of coffee grounds to produce clothes that can remove odors. At the press conference, Hokstra noted that "this year marks Discovery Channel's 20th anniversary in the Asia-Pacific." As part of the channel's efforts to tell local stories from a global perspective, the channel has worked with the Foreign Ministry to produce several documentary series on Taiwan over the past 10 years, he added. President Ma Ying-jeou, Foreign Minister David Lin and many foreign officials based in Taiwan also attended the press conference, during which video clips from the programs were shown. In his remarks, Ma praised the channel's role in helping promote Taiwan on the international stage, while recommending that the channel should produce documentaries featuring outstanding Taiwanese people such as Lien Jih-ching, a specialist in mosquito-borne diseases who has played an important role in combating malaria. The Taiwan Revealed will be aired across 36 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region in June and July, according to the channel. (By Elaine Hou)
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