The Taipei Times has a great editorial this morning, re the abc’ing of Taiwan. Read the very last sentence in the link!
[quote=“Today’s Taipei Times editorial”]Drowning in alphabet soup
This week we reluctantly decided that the [Taipei Times] copy desk would have to learn Tongyong Pinyin for Taiwanese location names. This was not a popular move by any means. After all, those of us who are long-time residents in Taiwan already know Hanyu, the government’s old bastardized Wade Giles and Yale, as well as the obviously non-Roman Mandarin Phonetic Alphabet or Zhuyinfuhao. Memorizing another system is not exactly anyone’s first priority. Those new to the country barely know even one Romanization system and now find it a job requirement to learn three.
When Tongyong was announced in 2002 we had hoped to be able to just ignore it. After all, we reasoned, nobody gives a damn about Romanization except foreigners, and they don’t vote.[/quote]