By: Ku Chuan and Ko Lin
Taipei, June 15 (CNA) A proposal to make Hakka an official language in addition to Mandarin was
passed by the Executive Yuan Thursday, representing a major step in propagating and spreading the language in Taiwan.
In order to enhance the development of the Hakka language and culture, the amended draft of the Hakka Basic Act also stipulates that the government should provide incentives or subsidies for Hakka-language development foundations, and encourage local institutions to establish degree programs as a way to develop and promote the language.
The amended draft also allows the government to provide incentives or subsidies for foundations dedicated to producing television and radio programs related to the Hakka language and culture.