Elements 14: People, Place & Events not Importing from a photo

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I have about 56k photos in my library which use People, Places, Events AND Other (which are now listed as keywords) tags.  When I am importing photos from another person (who has tagged slightly different style), I can not access/change the People, Places, Events tags during the import attached keywords tag screen.  Have only access to the other (keywords) tags.

Does anyone know how to access these tags (People, Places, Events) during import?  Or has elements started to abandoned these types of tags in favor of face recognition? 

Have to admit have recently upgraded from Elements 11 to Elements 14.  And noticed this that this problem was only occurring with people tags in 11.  Was hoping that the new upgrade would fix this issue, not make it worse.

FYI:  I don't use face recognition since it takes forever, slows down and even crashes the application (perhaps too many photos). 

Concerned that I am going to have to abandon elements organizer...
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The 'special' categories People, Places and Events were introduced with PSE11. I do keep the old organization in which those categories were ordinary keywords one. I have simply renamed the old categories to MyPeople, MyPlaces and MyEvents BEFORE converting to the new scheme. I don't use and don't recommend using the new predefined categories, especially if you don't use face recognition. I understand this has been introduced to please the majority of basic users and to compete with other basic organization systems, but the result is a lack of consistence and flexibility in your own searches as well as a cluttered interface.
About face recognition: people tagging is too important for me to use ANY software for the purpose, I do it myself. The main reason is that only a small part of people faces need be tagged; no software is able to know those to be ignored (the majority). Recognition is not a gadget, software recognition is for me. And as you suspect, the implementation of the feature requires a lot of resources and makes it difficult to manage big catalogs for which the Organizer is otherwise very powerful.
So, to answer your question, there is a fundamental problem with the change introduced in version 11: you have to be either in the old system or the new one, otherwise the migration will imply a lot of manual keyword editing.
To add to the confusion, Elements 14 has introduced a bug in the way it imports normal keywords in the 'imported keywords' category instead of the real ones as selected in the Import dialog... that should be simpler to solve in a new update or version.