Republic of China’s Independence Day
October 10, 2018 (Double Ten)
The photo shows Taiwan’s flag displayed proudly on its largest warships. This is a familiar sight for many people in Kaohsiung who ride the ferry to and from Cijin Island.
This Wednesday is a National Holiday. The day commemorates the “Wuchang Uprising” against the ruling Manchus (Qing Dynasty) on October 10, 1911. The revolt, led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, ended imperial rule and led to the founding of the Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, in 1912.
The Republic’s first president is memorialized in one of Taiwan’s most prestigious universities, Kaohsiung’s National Sun Yat-sen University. His statue is a prominent landmark in the university.