Saturday, November 25, 2006

Made in Taiwam

A few days ago I bought a six-pack of Tsingtao beer at the supermarket. I like Tsingtao better than Taiwan Beer, and it was on sale.

Originally TsingTao was a Chinese beer. The Tsingtao Brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers in Tsingtao, China. Germans=better beer.

Because of the hostility that exists between mainland China and Taiwan, some Taiwanese people feel that drinking Tsingtao is unpatriotic. However, Taiwanese breweries now have a license to brew and market Tsingtao locally. To make sure that people understand that it isn't mainland Tsingtao, the Taiwanese brewers make a great effort in their labeling to ensure that people know the beer is made in Taiwan. As you can see from the above photo, it says "Taiwan" on the can as well as on the cardboard box that the cans come in.

The problem is, they spelled the name of their own country wrong.

Attention Taiwan: A little thing called "spell checker." Look into it.

Actually, I kind of like "Taiwam" better. It has more of a snap to it. I'd probably spell it "Taiwham," though, just to emphasize the difference from the original "Taiwan."

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