Recently, Examination Yuan member Lin Yu-ti (林玉体) kicked up a dispute over the national history and geography test in the entry-level national civil service examinations. Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen's (姚嘉文) reaction to the dispute was to simply abolish the test. This way of avoiding a unification-independence dispute may seem the perfect way of dealing with the issue. But just like Lin's statements, this is simply a matter of giving up substance for form.
\nLin's reason was that "this nation" means Taiwan, and so "national history and geography" should of course mean Taiwanese history and geography. Such a conclusion makes logical sense from a Taiwan independence perspective, and it also successfully advances the movement to rectify the national title. But a more fundamental question is what basic knowledge we expect Taiwan's civil servants to have.
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