Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (Hǎo Lóngbīn / 郝龍斌) said on Sunday that Taipei will not switch from Hanyu Pinyin to Tongyong Pinyin, despite pressure from the Ministry of the Interior to do so.
Questioned by reporters at the wedding of Taiwan’s top “Go” player, Hau stressed that the Taipei City Government would continue to use Hanyu Pinyin despite the Interior Ministry’s push as it’s the most commonly used pinyin system in the international community.
“Taipei City has decided to continue using Hanyu Pinyin to connect with other countries in the world,” Hau said.
He suggested that the Interior Ministry consult with linguistic scholars and learn to respect their expertise when standardizing the romanization of Taiwan’s place and street names.
Yes, the MOI would do well to follow this advice — as would the Taipei City Government itself. Taipei’s stupid @#$%! InTerCaPiTaLiZaTion and lack of apostrophes are significant errors. And sometimes the lack of tone marks is a problem. And don’t get me started about Taipei’s “nicknumbering” system.
Taipei City is the only city in Taiwan that has adopted Hanyu Pinyin.
This is incorrect. Several cities around Taiwan use Hanyu Pinyin, such as Xinzhu and Taizhong, though none as consistently as Taipei.
TVBS is reporting that Taipei will be forced to switch, which I very much doubt will happen — certainly not before the presidential election in March 2008.
Nèizhèngbù de xíngzhèng mìnglìng yīdàn bānbù, bùyòng sòngjiāo Lìyuàn tóngyì, Táiběi shìzhèngfǔ zhǐyǒu zhàobàn de fèn, 5 nián qián, Mǎ Yīngjiǔ qiángshì zhǔdǎo Hànyǔ Pīnyīn, ràng Táiběi Shì chéngwéi tā yǎnzhōng, gēn guójì jiēguǐ de dūshì, 5 nián hòu, Nèizhèngbù dìngdìng fǎlìng qiǎngpò zhíxíng, gěi le yī jì huímǎqiāng.
TVBS also gives the cost for changing Taipei’s signs at NT$8 million (US$250,000).
The TVBS video gives lots of pictures of signs.
- Taipei City ready to defy MOI over romanization, Taiwan News, November 12, 2007
- Yīngyì jiāng cǎi “Tōngyòng Pīnyīn” — Táiběi Shì fǎndàn! (英譯將採「通用拼音」 北市反彈！), print report, TVBS, November 13, 2007
- Yīngyì jiāng cǎi “Tōngyòng Pīnyīn” — Táiběi Shì fǎndàn! (英譯將採「通用拼音」 北市反彈！), video report, TVBS, November 13, 2007