Ovid Tzeng reiterates backing for Hanyu Pinyin

Earlier this week Ovid Tzeng, a former minister of education and current minister without portfolio, reaffirmed his support for Taiwan adoping Hanyu Pinyin and said that this is an important issue the government will need to deal with sooner or later.

Z?ng Zhìl?ng Jiàoyùbù zh?ng rènnèi, ji?nchí c?iyòng Hàny? P?ny?n, shì t? bèi huàn xiàlái de zh?y?n zh?y?. T? zuóti?n réng bù g?i qí zhì, qiángdiào guówài bùgu?n Zh?ngwén jiàoxué huò xuéshù q?k?n, h?n du? y?jing g?iyòng Hàny? P?ny?n, Táiw?n bùnéng shìruòwúd?, zhè su? f?i x?n zhèngf? zuì y?uxi?n sh?zhèng xiàngmù, dànshì y? lièwéi wèilái zhòngdà ji?nt?o shìxiàng.

Most of the source article for this discusses poet and academic Zheng Chouyu’s backing for Hanyu Pinyin. He stresses his view that this is a practical matter, not a political one.

source: Zhèng Chóuy? jiànyì: Zh?ngwén yìy?n k?y? c?i Hàny? P?ny?n (?????????? ??????), United Daily News, June 9, 2009

further reading: Hanyu Pinyin backer to return to Taiwan’s Cabinet, Pinyin News, April 29, 2008

Hanyu Pinyin backer to return to Taiwan’s Cabinet

Dr. Ovid Tzeng (Z?ng Zhìl?ng / ??? ) will be returning to government as a minister without portfolio in the Cabinet of the incoming administration of Ma Ying-jeou.

Tzeng has done important work in psycholinguistics and is known to support Taiwan’s adoption of Hanyu Pinyin. Indeed, this support was one of the reasons he was pushed out of office the last time he was in government service, as minister of education at the beginning of President Chen Shui-bian’s first term.

Tasked with choosing a romanization system for Taiwan, Tzeng recommended Hanyu Pinyin. He was promptly replaced by someone who backed the adoption of the newly minted Tongyong Pinyin.

Tzeng’s name is often misspelled “”Ovid Tseng” in news reports.