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Chinese names could be removed from indigenous IDs

Chinese names could be removed from indigenous IDs

Chinese names removable from indigenous IDs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Indigenous citizens of Taiwan should no longer have to spell their names in Chinese characters on their ID, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Kolas Yotaka said Saturday, on the eve of International Mother Language Day.
Since the 1990s, indigenous citizens have been allowed to add their names in Romanized spelling on the ID documents, but a version in Chinese characters remained obligatory.
Kolas Yotaka said Saturday she had proposed a piece of legislation to abolish the latter requirement. The change would also have an impact on elections, where indigenous candidates would be able to have bilingual texts about their policies and proposals written on official election documents sent to every voter.
Kolas Yotaka said she had insisted never to use Chinese characters for her name, a decision which had led to many problems but had strengthened her resolve to seek change.
She described the eventual approval of her legislative proposal as a major step forward in preserving the languages and cultures of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan.
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen earlier promised that after taking office next May, she would offer an official government apology to the indigenous peoples of the country for decades of repression and neglect.
The 113-member Legislative Yuan has six seats set aside for indigenous lawmakers, though at least one other made it through as an at-large candidate elected on a party list.


Updated : 2022-05-18 17:47 GMT+08:00