Re: Taipei Times 12/7/09
Chou calls on KMT to focus on 2010 polls
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[color=#0000BF]One day after mayor and county commissioner elections, attention turned yesterday to next year’s special municipality elections, with Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei urging the Chinese Nationalist Party to begin the nomination process and Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen remaining mum on whether she would stand for election.
The five municipalities holding elections next December are Taipei City, Taipei County - which will be upgraded and renamed Sinbei City - and a merged Taichung County and City, Tainan County and City, and Kaohsiung County and City.
Chou, who early last month said he would run for the top job of Sinbei City, said yesterday the KMT should begin preparing for primaries as soon as possible, preferably after the Lunar New Year.[/color]
Aside from all the external influences wanting eventual big changes to the long-standing, local political landscape, wouldn’t a decision changing the P in “Taipei” into a B to make it “Taibei” represent enough of a sea-change by historical standards?
I know … I know, ‘Sin’ here only means ‘Chinese’, not … ‘act of evil.’
So, I guess this means … from now on … let’s all root for ‘Chinese Sinbei’ at the Olympics, etc. No big deal.
Still … somehow, changing the name of Taipei [even as an adminstrative district] to “Sinbei City” seems radically harsh to me. [Besides, the place doesn’t even have a casino.]
[color=#800080]that other ‘sin city’[/color]