‘The loss of language is the loss of heritage:’ the push to revive Taiwanese in Taiwan

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Hong Kong Free Press

Before he first left Hong Kong for Taiwan in 2016, former research assistant professor Frank Wong began learning Taiwanese. His reasoning was straightforward: he believed most people in Taiwan conversed in that language. “I thought it was logical that most Taiwanese people would be able to speak the Taiwanese language… I thought Mandarin was the official language on formal documents, but in daily life, most of the time they would speak the Taiwanese language,” he told HKFP from his office in Taipei. The Hongkonger soon realised he was mistaken. “When you go to the streets, not many people will…

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