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Mr Tea -- tourism mascot

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Mr Tea -- tourism mascot

Postby cranky laowai » 05 Feb 2003, 23:45

Taiwan has a new cultural ambassador.

Upon arriving at CKS last night I looked through the pamphlets the gummit is distributing to the tourists. One I hadn't seen before is "Touch Taiwan!" which features "Mr. Tea."

Mr. Tea is a man in black shoes, black pants, Chinese-style white shirt -- and with a teapot (with two eyes) for a head. It looks for all the world like it belongs in a parody, perhaps in the liner notes for a Devo album. I haven't been able to dig up any images from the Web. Please post, if you find some.

I'm sympathetic with the decision to adopt an image for Taiwan to help bring focus to the tourism industry, but the shot of having him tip his "hat" (teapot lid), revealing the empty teapot underneath, seems to best reinforce how empty-headed this choice was.

Here's the "profile" given for him: "Mr. Tea; full name, Charly; birth date: July 21, 1776 [sic! -- the Chinese gives 1976]; current employer: Tourism Bureau."
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Postby formosa » 06 Feb 2003, 10:41

cranky, yeh I saw that too, a few months ago in a tourism brochure for Taipei city. cute but no substance, but don't worry, Mr Tea is not going anywhere. Maybe just drink some teat with him and help him chill out. just an ad agency logo mascot, no international presence. But i CAN imagine your surprise at his empty head! HA!

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