cranky laowai wrote:Mordeth wrote:Also there is a new law in Taiwan. You locals can't pick their own English name for IDs (credit cards, passports...etc) anymore. In the past they could. Now it HAS to be the pinyin of their Chinese name.
That's surprising and rather worrisome. People with the Ministry of the Interior and other ministries told me that people would be free to choose their own spellings, etc. Can you provide any more information on what exactly is going on or who told you this? If there really has been an official change (instead of some official just being confused), I'd like to find out more about this.
I just know what my wife told me after getting back from our local government city hall. They said people are no longer allowed to choose the spelling as it was being abused by people getting multiple IDs all with different English spellings. But I don't know any more than that.