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Signs for TAIPEI (TAIWAN)
Meaning: a city in Taiwan.
This loanword is borrowed from Taiwanese Sign Language.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Deaflympics 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Closing ceremonies at Deaflympics 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Story: After I broke the world record in 200m butterfly in swimming at Deaflympics (then World Games for the Deaf) in Christchurch, New Zealand. For the next 20 years, I never attended any Deaflympics games. Out of blue sky, Japanese acquaintances called me via videophone and desired to meet me in Taiwan (which we never did). Beating some odds, I ended up sitting in the bleachers, watching the 200m butterfly finals and realizing I had never been a fan, but strangely always an athlete, because I still held the world record. Still competing with them in the finals, I just sat. Before the last seconds, I knew it was the last time. I witnessed the Chinese Deaf swimmer breaking my own world record. Again, beating the security odds, I had an opportunity to meet the new record holder and congratulated her before I left. A lovely closure with my own eye.