New residents choose ‘Chen’
“Chen” (陳) is the most popular surname of choice among foreign nationals when they are naturalized as Republic of China citizens and require a Chinese name, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Following “Chen,” “Lin” (林) and “Lee” (李) are the next most chosen surnames by naturalized residents, the ministry said. So far, 71,398 foreign nationals have become Taiwanese, using their own Chinese names. The surname “Chen” was favored by most naturalized Americans, Cambodians and Filipinos, the ministry’s tallies showed. Many Japanese chose “Lee” and “Chang” (張) as their surnames, while Indonesians seemed to favor “Huang” (黃), “Chen” and “Lin.” Most Vietnamese chose “Juan” (阮) “Chen” and “Li” (黎) as their Chinese surnames, while Koreans tended to call themselves by the Chinese surnames “Chin” (金), “Lee” and “Pu” (朴).
Linkou to house athletes
Taiwan is set to build the athletes’ village for the 2017 Summer Universiade in New Taipei City (新北市), with the project set to be completed by the end of 2016, Sports Affairs Council Minister Tai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡) said yesterday. Hsia said building the athletes’ village was one of the major tasks facing Taipei as it prepares to host the Universiade. The Summer University Games will be the highest-level and largest international sports event ever staged in Taiwan. The athletes’ village, to be situated on a 16 hectare site in Linkou District (林口), will include a transportation center, accommodation for 12,000 people, restaurants serving free food and beverages 24 hours a day, supermarkets, a medical center and a laundry, Tai said.
Selective abortions down
Health authorities said yesterday that tougher checks on gender-selective abortions prevented nearly 1,000 terminations of female fetuses last year. The authorities moved to tighten curbs on the illegal abortions last year, warning that doctors found guilty of the practice could have their licenses revoked. “The strict measures have paid off,” said Lee Tsui-feng (李翠鳳), an official at the Bureau of Health Promotion. Government figures showed that 108 males were born for every 100 female babies last year, down from 109 in 2010. The normal sex ratio at birth globally is between 104 and 106 males for every 100 females. “That’s the same as 993 female fetuses saved last year,” Lee said.
Domestic travelers hit 11m
The number of people who traveled domestically during the Lunar New Year holidays hit about 11 million thanks to the longer-than-usual holiday period, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said on Monday. With the holidays spanning from Jan. 21 to Sunday, the volume of domestic travel showed an increase of 29 percent compared with last year, generating an output value of more than NT$10 billion (US$336 million), Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said. The most popular travel destinations during the holidays were national scenic areas, where tourist numbers accounted for half of the total number recorded nationwide during the period. Because of an early cold spell, the number of people enjoying outdoor activities was not significant, the ministry said, adding that hot spring owners saw a boost in business.