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Re: Re: Re: [i18n] String Changes in iso-codes

Hello Christian,

Speaking as a Hong Kong Chinese myself:

  * I want to see Mainland China and Taiwan unified too eventually.

  * However, "Taiwan, P.O.C." is too sensitive.  Speaking as a
    Hong Kong Chinese, using "Taiwan, P.O.C." will be a bad mistake.

While I think ISO 3166 for maintaining country/region information would
help us keep the list updated, I do strongly feel that we MUST make an
exception for the name of Taiwan.

  * "Taiwan" is a neutral name that is acceptable by both Mainland
    Taiwan Chinese.

  * "Taiwan, P.O.C." is a very controversial name in Taiwan.
    Using that name (esp. in English the "universal" language)
    is very unwise, and is asking for trouble.

Please handle this situation very carefully.  As you may have heard from
the recent Taiwan election, the political views of Taiwan people are
very divided, roughly half and half.  Please don't add oil to the fire.
Using controversial terms like "Taiwan, P.O.C." in a Free Software
project like Debian helps NOBODY except starting flame wars here and
there.  It is already happening.

As a matter of fact, some Taiwan Debian fans are already turned off by this,
and is comparing this "event" to the "disappearance of Taiwan flag in
Red Hat Linux 8.0" about a year ago.  In that case, many Taiwan users
boycotted Red Hat and chose some other distributions, for good.
Please don't let that happen to Debian.

Again, I don't mind using ISO 3166 in d-i as long as you allow overrides.

Best regards,

Anthony Fok
Debian Chinese Project

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