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Tsai pushes for tolerance, touts importance of Hakka

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed to push for more tolerance while preserving diversity through policies if elected president.

“The beautiful thing about Taiwan’s society is its diverse cultures and different ethnic groups,” the DPP chairperson said during a meeting with writers who contributed to her online forum Thinking Taiwan.

“However, because of such differences, there exits the possibility of clashes, so if we want society to move forward, we should try to find solutions through communication of everyone involved,” she said.

“By doing so, we could turn our diversity into an asset, not a handicap, but the process is likely to take time,” Tsai added.

Speaking about the controversies surrounding the Ministry of Education’s high-school curriculum guideline changes, Tsai said there could also be more diversity in curriculums.

“People moved to Taiwan at different times, so they are likely to have different interpretations of history,” Tsai said. “[For example,] Aborigines would want their own education curriculum, so should they be following the same curriculum as everybody else? This is something we should think about.”

In a separate rally with her Hakka supporters, Tsai yesterday vowed to come up with policies to preserve the Hakka culture and language.

“We are sparing no efforts because we should reclaim our history, our identity and our dignity, so that Hakka culture can enjoy sustainable development,” she said. “It will be an important objective to rebuild Hakka communities where the language is spoken. Through creating Hakka-language environments in the family, in the community and within government agencies, Hakka can be naturally preserved.”

Tsai, a Hakka, received a warm welcome when she walked into the rally venue, accompanied by former presidential office secretary-general Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), who is also a Hakka.

Tsai also delivered part of her speech in Hakka, which she only learned to speak during the 2012 presidential election.

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