The New Power Party (NPP) in Taiwan has organised a passport cover design contest to improve Taiwan’s “recognisability”. Here are some of our favourites!
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a resolution on 22 July 2020 to emphasise the island’s name instead of “China” on its passport, in an effort to detach its association with Mainland China and improve the safety and convenience for its citizens during travel.
The young, left-wing New Power Party (NPP), which has always advocated for Taiwan’s independence, then organised a passport design contest in hopes to spark a conversation on the representation of Taiwanese national identity.
Things that are quintessentially Taiwanese make its way into these designs – bubble tea being one of them, along with things and places that’s emblematic of Taiwan. Most notably, the Taipei 101, its many wildlife, as well as iconic buildings make their appearance. Check them out below!
Taiwan New Passport Designs: Inspired by Formasan Black Bear & Other Iconic Animals 🐻
Taiwan New Passport Designs: Inspired by Bubble Tea & Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice) 🥤
Taiwan New Passport Designs: Inspired by Taiwan’s Country Shape & Landscapes ⛰
Taiwan New Passport Designs: Inspired by Taipei 101 🏛
Taiwan New Passport Designs: Inspired by Local Art, Culture & National Flower 🎨
The Passport Design With The Highest Votes Wins!
Isn’t it cool that such redesigns reflect not only the current trends and age, but also staying true to Taiwan’s roots? Imagine if Singapore had a redesign similar to this – we’d probably be seeing lots of chilli crab, Gardens By The Bay, and Marina Bay Sands.
If you’d like to see more of these designs, head over to the Taiwan Passport (NPP) online gallery to see all 127 finalist designs.
Meanwhile, until borders reopen, we can only rely on online shopping to get our Taiwan fix. In fact, we have a comprehensive dummies guide here: Taiwan Online Shopping: How to Ship Taiwan Buys to Singapore to show you how easy it is to buy your favourite products from Taiwan!
If you’re not sure what you can order from Taiwan, we’ve also got these guides that feature the most popular Taiwanese products and snacks that you can buy online:
- 海边走走 (HiWalk) Taiwan Egg Rolls Review
- 阿聪师 (O-Nong): Award-Winning Taiwan Taro Pastry
- 星采醫美保養品 (Starnic): Taiwanese Beauty & Skincare Brand
- 奮起福 (Fenchifu): Award-Winning Taiwan Rice Crackers
- 小日子 (One Day): Taiwan’s “Muji-Style” Lifestyle Store
Hopefully, when travel also gets back to normal again, you’ll also be able to experience the diversity and progressiveness of Taiwan.
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