A “100” made by attendants
By YI WU
AAP staff writer
NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (January 1, 2010) – The Republic of China “ROC” welcomes its 100th year in 2011. The Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of Minnesota held the first of many planned centennial events this year in the form of a flag rising ceremony at the New Brighton Family Service Center on January 1. More than 200 people shared the glorious moment together.
This ceremony synchronized with many other ROC flag raising ceremonies in several cities in North America, and was also the first flag raising ceremony in Minnesota, according to Biing Huei Su, the convener of the ROC- CCCM
In 1911, the father of the ROC, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, had led a successful revolution, which ended thousands of years of monarchy and brought democracy to China. It also turned China into the first democratic nation in Asia.
“The whole world Chinese are celebrating the 100 year of ROC”, said Jack Hsiao, a member of the ROC-CCCM. “Mainland China celebrated this historical turning point by naming it as the 100 year of the Revolution of 1911,” he added.
Before the flag raising ceremony, a cheerful Lion Dance was performed by the Ha Family Entertainment and Lion dance Troupe, a family of Chinese-Vietnamese performers who also teach at Chinese Dance Theater at Chinese American Association of Minnesota. The Family has devoted to spreading Chinese culture overseas for a long time.
Founding member, Le Ha, even invited two family members from Malaysia in order to give audience the best performance and show great respect to the ceremony.
“The flag, for me is not just representative of Taiwan,” Le Ha said, “I don’t see it in a political way but in a revolutionary way. That’s the time the country was freed from the Qing Dynasty.”
Le Ha said the ROC flag is often seen as a rebel flag of Taiwan nationalism, but she said it is more accurately a neutral symbol that precedes and is at the root of both the Peoples Republic and the ROC.
“Before that, I think I am an American,” said Jia-Shyuan Su, a Chinese American second generation. “This ceremony makes me patriotic to China.”
In addition to the flag raising ceremony, two other events were held to celebrate the first day of this meaningful year. One was taking photos of attendants to make a photo album of 100 Chinese American families in Minnesota.
The other was a painting competition, in which participants drew within a given area of the number “100”. Nearly 30 works competed in three groups: children, teenage, and adult group. The winners were Elaine Liao, 6, from Maple Grove; Allison Lu, 10, from Plynouth; Jia-Shyuan Su, 22, from Woodberry.
The ROC-CCCM has prepared 10 other events in the coming 11 months, including collection of 100 years of Chinese history in Minnesota, which will be put in Minnesota history archive; a whole world torch relay started in Honolulu on March 29 and end in Taiwan on the National Day of ROC; ROC Centennial Concert on May 1.
For more information please visit http://roc100minnesota.eventbrite.com./