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China 3 11.11%
India 23 85.19%
Both are equally so 1 3.70%
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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Not sure. Do you have an opinion on the Taiwan situation? I hope they get independence and forge a distinctly Taiwanese culture, appropriating more aboriginal culture.
What do you mean forge a distinctly Taiwanese culture? They are the same people as the Chinese, with the same culture. Are you saying they should deliberately create some "culture" that is different from mainland China? That's not culture.

Not sure about the possibility of independence. China hates wars, but if there is one thing that will surely force China to engage in a full scaled war at any cost, that's Taiwan's independence. That's non-negotiable.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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What do you mean forge a distinctly Taiwanese culture? They are the same people as the Chinese, with the same culture. Are you saying they should deliberately create some "culture" that is different from mainland China? That's not culture.

Not sure about the possibility of independence. China hates wars, but if there is one thing that will surely force China to engage in a full scaled war at any cost, that's Taiwan's independence. That's non-negotiable.
Well, I feel the aboriginal culture has been marginalised. There are half a million indigenous Taiwanese (that's not counting those who have some unreported ancestry). There are numerous cultural influences from the aborigines, like bamboo sticky rice and wild boar. I mean it might seem small, but it's a way to assert identity and connection with the land.

I don't see why China are so hell-bent on preventing that...
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:59 AM
 
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I do not see China preventing the development of their indigenous culture. Actually there are quite a few artists with indigenous Taiwan culture who are quite popular in the mainland.

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Well, I feel the aboriginal culture has been marginalised. There are half a million indigenous Taiwanese (that's not counting those who have some unreported ancestry). There are numerous cultural influences from the aborigines, like bamboo sticky rice and wild boar. I mean it might seem small, but it's a way to assert identity and connection with the land.

I don't see why China are so hell-bent on preventing that...
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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I do not see China preventing the development of their indigenous culture. Actually there are quite a few artists with indigenous Taiwan culture who are quite popular in the mainland.
Well the KMT probably has something to blame for it. If they hadn't invaded Taiwan maybe Taiwanese culture would be less diluted by the mainland. I mean did the Hoklo or aborigines living there welcome the KMT with open arms?
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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I wouldn't say KMT invaded Taiwan. Taiwan is always part of China. It is like US government retreated to Hawaii. Would you say that is an invasion?

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Well the KMT probably has something to blame for it. If they hadn't invaded Taiwan maybe Taiwanese culture would be less diluted by the mainland. I mean did the Hoklo or aborigines living there welcome the KMT with open arms?
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:33 AM
 
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I wouldn't say KMT invaded Taiwan. Taiwan is always part of China. It is like US government retreated to Hawaii. Would you say that is an invasion?
Well the Nationalists did, I suppose...Well Hawaii only became a state after that, actually. True I guess Taiwan was ruled from Beijing during the Civil War wasn't it?
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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During the civil war, the capital is Nanjing, my hometown. Nanjing is still the capital city of Taiwan today by its constitution. It is very weird. A lot of people do not know that.

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Well the Nationalists did, I suppose...Well Hawaii only became a state after that, actually. True I guess Taiwan was ruled from Beijing during the Civil War wasn't it?
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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During the civil war, the capital is Nanjing, my hometown. Nanjing is still the capital city of Taiwan today by its constitution. It is very weird. A lot of people do not know that.
Weird...so what is Taipei then?
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Speaking from Singapore , I would think mandarin spoken in Sjngapore seems closer to Chinese in china..

I have not been to Taiwan though ..
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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Speaking from Singapore , I would think mandarin spoken in Sjngapore seems closer to Chinese in china..

I have not been to Taiwan though ..
These are among the common words that are different. I suspect the "correct" way to pronounce it in Singapore is like the PRC way, while the accent might be closer to Taiwan (aside from people from Fujian, of course). I am not so sure as I spoke only English with native Singaporeans.

week
CN: xing1qi1
TW: xing1qi2

Asia
CN: ya4zhou1
TW: ya3zhou1

garbage
CN: la1ji1
TW: le4se4
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