Hailed as the “Pride of Taiwan”, the first and only Taiwanese player for the New York Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang held many titles: American League Wins Leader, World Series Champion, Olympian, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Wang was once so dominating on the mound that he was named New York Yankees’ starting pitcher for the inaugural game at New Yankee Stadium in 2009. But after a terrible ankle injury, Wang’s pitches lost their effectiveness, and he was released from the Major League rosters. Cameras follow Wang through his grueling workout routines and unglamorous minor league pit stops as he mounts his remarkable comeback. He’s helped along the way by his loyal agent, trainers, fans, and his family, who form a de facto support network that keeps him going.
The burdens of being a national icon are also explored in the film. As the first all-star level Taiwanese athlete, Wang’s celebrated as a hero in his homeland. But the weight of his countrymen’s expectations is both a gift and a curse, driving him to succeed when he could have rested on his laurels. His story is ultimately an Asian parable, an uplifting chronicle of success through sheer determination and hard work.
To celebrate the Festival usually taken place in Union Square, we are doing this special presentation of Wang, a Taiwanese in America. Join us in this special presentation of Chien-Ming Wang's story.
Special thanks to Department of Youth and Community Development for their support of our event.
The most decorated MLB player from Taiwan. He has played for the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. He also played for the Taiwan national baseball team, and is the current assistant pitching coach for CTBC Brothers.