Information Guide for U.S. Grantees

 

Information Guide for U.S. Grantees

This Information Guide is intended to assist all our U.S. Fulbright grantees (students, lecturers, and researchers) and their families in their preparation for living in Taiwan. Therefore, to those grantees who have knowledge of Chinese and who have been in Taiwan before, some of the information may seem unnecessary or superfluous. We apologize for that, but at the same time believe we must supply certain information for those who are real newcomers with no knowledge of Chinese, or of Taiwan.

The Guide is not intended as a replacement for the information in your individual Grant Authorization or its attachments. You are urged to read those documents carefully, and bring them with you to Taiwan, so that they will be readily available if you have questions about the terms of your grant.
 
Please note that the Romanization Systems in use in Taiwan vary considerably. Recently, in Taipei, the street signs are undergoing a change from what has been a mixture of two or three different systems to the “ Hanyu pinyin” system, which is the Romanization System used in mainland China and by scholars all over the world. An example of the changes is the Foundation’s own new street address, which is what used to be “Yen Ping S. Rd.” (using the Wade Giles Romanization system). The new street signs call it “Yanping S. Rd.” using the Pinyin system”. However, in other cities of Taiwan a slightly different system, developed locally-- “Tongyong pinyin”-- is in use. Thus, the addresses as written in this Guide may not always agree with those on the actual street signs; the spelling of the street names may be different in different sections of the street; and the street signs may not agree with the street names on city maps. The chief difference between the two systems is that “Hanyu pinyin” uses “q” and “x”, while Tongyong pinyin does not. You will have to use your imagination in many cases. For further information, see “A Comparison of Various Chinese Romanization Systems”
 

We wish you a pleasant and productive stay in Taiwan.

 

 
 
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