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灣研究院是在美國成立的台美人智庫型組織,從事與台灣過去及未來發展相關的研究。研究人員以研究志工身份從事不同領域之研究。研究心得將以研究報告及評論方式發表。





The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwan should compete at the Olympic under the name “Taiwan” or “Taiwanese Olympic Committee”

 

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to an end, Taiwan had won a total of 12 medals, including 2 golds, 4 silvers, and 6 bronzes.   Taiwan’s record-breaking performance has put a spotlight on the name of its delegation at international competitions like the Olympics.  For decades, the team Taiwan has been competed under the name "Chinese Taipei" at the Olympics.    Why 'Chinese Taipei?'     It is a very strange name only few know what’s going on.   As a matter of fact, this is a result of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to recognize Beijing over Taipei in the 1970s, which barred Taiwan from competing in the Olympics as a country.    In 1981, Taiwan reached a compromise with the IOC to compete under the name "Chinese Taipei," which essentially prevented Taiwan from presenting itself as a sovereign state. This also meant that Taiwan is barred from using its official flag or national anthem at the Olympics. Instead, Taiwan plays a flag-raising song and waves a white flag that carries the Olympic rings.    Even though “Chinese Taipei” was used in the IOC’s official publications and announcements, many foreign media preferred to use Taiwan rather than Chinese Taipei.   The ridiculous Taiwan’s team name brought attention to the international media.   The BBC explained the various names that Taiwan’s Olympic team has used over the years.   Beijing responded furiously to it.   It is time for IOC to seriously look into the core issue: is it fair to call Taiwan’s Olympic team as Chinese Taipei?   Taiwan is an independent country, not a part of China.      Under the pressure from China, IOC might delay reviewing name issue.     However, Taiwan government should actively asked for a name changing.  The first choice is “Taiwan”.  The compromised change could be “Taiwanese Olympic Committee” (TOC).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: August 12, 2021
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