Issuing official documents in Aboriginal languages is an important step toward achieving transitional justice for Aborigines, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.
“The most effective way to pass on a language is to use it frequently,” Tsai said on Facebook with a photograph of an official document published in Amis by the Kuangfu Township (光復) Office in Hualien County.
Under the Aboriginal Language Development Act (原住民族語言發展法) that took effect last month, the languages of 16 Aboriginal communities are “national languages” and that local governments, schools and state-run enterprises in Aboriginal regions can choose to issue official documents in Aboriginal languages, the president said.
Local governments in Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung and Nantou counties yesterday began to issue official documents entirely or partially written in Aboriginal languages, Tsai said.
Issuing scuh documents is a first for the nation and represents an important step toward achieving transitional justice, she said.
Tsai pledged that the government would continue to pay more attention to Aboriginal cultures.
The act stipulates that local governments, Aboriginal regions and non-Aboriginal areas with more than 1,500 Aborigines should establish offices to promote local languages, and the central government should help establish organizations to promote Aboriginal languages
OFFLINE: People who do not wish to register can get the money from select ATMs using their bank card, ID number and National Health Insurance card number Online registration for NT$6,000 (US$196.32) cash payments drawn from last year’s tax surplus is to open today for eligible people whose national ID or permanent residency number ends in either a zero or a one, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. Officials from the ministry revealed which days Taiwanese and eligible foreigners would be able to register for the cash payments at a joint news conference with the Ministry of Digital Affairs. Online registration is to open tomorrow for those whose number ends in a two or three; on Friday for those that end in a four or five: on Saturday
TECH PROGRAM: A US official said that an important part of the delegation’s trip would be to meet with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co executives The US is to send officials in charge of chip development to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea to promote cooperation in the global semiconductor supply chain, the US Department of Commerce said on Tuesday. Chips Program Office Director Michael Schmidt announced the visit, which marks the first time officials from the office are to visit the three nations since it was set up in September last year. “As semiconductors and technologies continue to evolve, the United States will keep working with allies and partners to develop coordinated strategies to ensure that malign actors cannot use the latest technologies to undermine our collective
Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) officials are investigating why a Starlux Airlines flight to Penang, Malaysia, returned to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport nearly two hours after takeoff yesterday morning. The airline said in a statement that Flight JX721 to Penang took off from Taoyuan airport at 9:20am. “After the dashboard showed a signal of an abnormality in the hydraulic system, the captain followed standard operating procedures and returned the flight to Taoyuan airport for safety precautions,” the airline said, adding that the flight landed safely at the airport at 11:04am. The airline arranged for the passengers to have lunch after the flight landed and
WORKING UP AN APPETITE: Sales at the Rueifong Night Market surged 20 to 30 percent, while seats at Liouhe Night Market were packed until 1am, market officials said South Korean pop band Blackpink’s concerts over the weekend in Kaohsiung helped draw large crowds to local night markets, the Kaohsiung City Government said yesterday. The two concerts on Saturday and Sunday at Kaohsiung National Stadium drew more than 90,000 people. The city government offered NT$50 vouchers to spend locally to concertgoers who showed their ticket stubs. Liouhe Night Market (六合夜市) management committee head Chuang Chi-chang (莊其章) said that crowds over the weekend surged at about 10pm and the market remained packed until 1:30am. “Almost all the seats were filled,” Chuang said. Night market stall owners had stocked up in expectation of an increased number