2015 Taiwan's Word of the Year is Out

2015 Taiwan's Word of the Year is Out
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The "Word of the Year" is an annual event held at the end of every year by the United Daily News and the Far Eastern Group's Mr. Xu Yuanzhi Memorial Foundation since 2008. People vote for the Chinese character that most represents the year. "Change" is the eighth Taiwan's word of the year following words including mess, hope, plain, awesome, worry, fake and black.

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On December 8, the word “change" was voted as Taiwan’s 2015 word of the year. DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen believes that Taiwan needs to change the old for the new, and writer Liu Ke-xiang thinks that the word symbolizes the coming of a new era and generation.

UDN reports, the “Word of the Year" election is an annual event held at the end of every year by the United Daily News and the Far Eastern Group’s Mr. Xu Yuanzhi Memorial Foundation since 2008. People vote for the Chinese character that most represents the year. “Change" is the eighth Taiwan’s word of the year following words including mess, hope, plain, awesome, worry, fake and black.

NOWnews reports, Tsai points out that being able to change means that people have the right to make the final decision. She says the people are the masters of the country and hold the right to decide the future.

Tsai says that Taiwan is currently facing many severe challenges. There is an urgent need for reformations and changes in different aspects, including politics, economy and society. The word “change" means people’s dissatisfaction, or even disappointment and anger, towards the current situation. People hope that in the year to come, Taiwan’s politics can be changed, and the whole country can be led down a new path.

On the other hand, Liu believes that ever since the Sunflower Movement last year, everything has been changing, even the entire era.

Other candidates for word of the year include “choose" that was recommended by Douglas Hsu, chairman of Far Eastern Group. He recommended it because he believes that from this year to next, there will be a number of things for the people to make a decision on.

The other word was “friendly," recommended by Ju Tzong-ching, the founder and art director of the Ju Percussion Group. He believes that the beauty of Taiwan lies in its people. After so many surprising and inexplicable events, the Taiwan society needs more friendly and positive ways of thinking.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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