Jeg vil gjerne fortelle verden om Taiwan og hvorfor mange elsker det.
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Ilha formosa, pronounced “ee-la for-mo-sa“, literally means “beautiful island”, was supposedly what the Portuguese sailors exclaimed when they sailed past the island of Taiwan in 1544. Today, it is the home of more than 23 million people.
Alt om Taiwan, means “everything about Taiwan” in Norwegian.
Here’s the story the led to the creation of this blog:
8 pm, 12 February 2010
I was attending college in the US and lived in the dorms. I was watching the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics with a lot of my floor mates. I had told everyone I am from Taiwan, and people were wondering if anyone from Taiwan would be competing. I actually didn’t know if there is anyone, and had to google to find out that one person was competing in luge.
Not many people know this, but Taiwan cannot participate in the Olympic games using the name “Taiwan”. Instead, as a compromise made a few decades ago, the team is called “Chinese Taipei 中華台北”, the flag used is that of the Taiwan’s Olympic Committee’s (Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee 中華奧林匹克委員會), and the song that will be played if any Taiwanese athlete wins gold is not the national anthem, but the national flag anthem (yes, we actually have a song for the national flag). The “Chinese” part in “Chinese Taipei” doesn’t actually translate to “of China”, but rather “of Chinese-culture descent”. But of course non-Chinese speakers would not know that. So I realized that I have some explaining to do, and thought I might also get a chance to learn how much people actually know.
It turned out that they do know some stuff, not much, but some, which is an accomplishment itself. After all, why should anyone from a world power care about an island thousands of miles away?
So I decided to write a blog, to tell people about Taiwan.