Sunday, July 4, 2010

Taiwan birth slogan pile up for contest to create new slogan to encourage more Taiwanese couples to have more children

My entry, one of some 28,000 submitted, of which 2o will be chosen by a panel of 11 judges and then the top one of that best 20 list will be chosen by popular vote on the Internet, was


which is a Taiwanese saying that sort of means "You can catch two birds with one stone", but the story behind it is different than birds or stones. It might win!

The Ministry of the Interior is offering NT$1 million (US$31,000) for a catchy slogan to help boost the nation’s dwindling birth rate, one of the world’s lowest. “We are seeking a creative slogan that would appeal to the public and make everybody want to have children,” an interior ministry statement said. Authorities have offered various incentives in an unsuccessful bid to boost birth rates amid growing concern that a severe manpower shortage will trigger social and economic problems. The birth rate stood at 8.29 births per 1,000 people last year, the ministry said. That compares with a global average of more than 20 births per 1,000 people, according to UN statistics.

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