[lg policy] New law set to promote cultural and linguistic diversity within Taiwan

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Jan 5 10:57:17 EST 2018

 New law set to promote cultural diversity within Taiwan National Language
Development Plan approved in Executive Yuan and is sent to the Legislature
for approval
By Renée Salmonsen <https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/search?keyword=Renée
Salmonsen>,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2018/01/05 11:57

The Culture Minister anticipates the completion of the Language Policy.
(Photo from Chen Li-chun's Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Yesterday the Executive Yuan passed the National
Language Development Plan onto the Legislative Yuan for final approval,
reported Kairos, which is designed to promote cultural diversity and
preserve different native languages within Taiwan.

Premier William Lai (賴清德) stated <https://kairos.news/95533> that the
Language Plan safeguards the civil rights of citizens to use the language
of their choosing, particularly aboriginal languages, Hakka dialects, and

The Ministry of Culture hopes to use the Language Plan as precedent to
create the Taiwanese language channel, and has begun talks with Taiwan
Broadcasting System about the plan.

The Culture Minister, Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君), said that the government has
already allocated room in the budget to create a Taiwanese language TV
channel. The potential new channel would add to the ranks of Taiwan
Indigenous Television and Hakka TV.

The Language Plan was first drafted in 2007 and then redrafted in 2017.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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