Mother tongues of new immigrants should be cherished: minister

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Mother tongues of new immigrants should be cherished: minister

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said Saturday that the mother tongues of Taiwan's new immigrants should be cherished in order to make Taiwan's culture more diverse.

Cheng said that in the spirit of equal rights in culture, the rights of those who use different languages should also be taken into account so that new immigrants can remember their mother tongue after they come to Taiwan.

Cheng made the remarks when she addressed a public hearing in Taichung, central Taiwan, on a draft national language development act proposed by her ministry.

She said that "concern for the preservation and development of every language in this land not only means responsibility to Taiwan, but to the world, as every language is an important asset of world civilization."

Nearly 270 individuals or groups concerned about language development registered to speak at the public hearing, but the number of those physically present was limited to around 70, although others could express their views online.

(By Wu Tze-hao and Lilian Wu)

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