In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, frequently referred to as Taiwan or ROC, the ROC Chinese communities all over the world will be celebrating this historical-marking period where, for the very first time 100 years ago, after a long-fought revolution, a democratic republic political system saw its birth in the land of China that had known only monarchy for thousands of years.
Here in the Twin Cities, a coalition consists of individuals and organizations of local Chinese Americans, known as ROC Taiwan Centennial Commission of Minnesota, will hold an inaugural celebration event on January 1, 2011, to kickoff a yearlong celebration with many more events to come.
The inaugural celebration will be held on January 1, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Family Service Center, 400 10th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. The program will include a flag raising ceremony where the ROC flag will be raised to symbolize the presence of the Chinese American community in Minnesota for many years. It will also include a lion dance, patriotic songs, orations, free family portrait session for the first 100 registrants, and an aerial group photo session.
The event will conclude with a luncheon. The public is invited join in to commemorate this historical moment. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register online at http://roc100minnesota.eventbrite.com/ where other information and updates for future events can also be found, or call 651-733-9827 and ask for Biing-Huei, or 612-376-7715 and ask for Steve or Ange.
The event is cosponsored by Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center and Chinese American Academic and Professional Association in Minnesota.