Happy Double Ten Day!

Banners and flags hanging in Montreal’s Chinatown in celebration for the 100th National Day. *Photo from Wikipedia

October 10 is Double Ten Day, The National Day of Taiwan.

It celebrates outbreak of the “Wuchang Uprising”(武昌起義)in 1911, which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Republic of China (ROC) on January 1, 1912.

As a result of the Chinese Civil War, fought between forces loyal to the Kuomintang (KMT)-led government of the Republic of China, and forces loyal to the Communist Party of China (CPC), the government of ROC lost control of mainland China and relocated to Taiwan in December 1949.

ROC, originally based in mainland China (1912 – 1949), now governs the island of Taiwan, which makes up over 99% of its territory, as well as Penghu (澎湖), Kinmen (金門), Matsu (馬祖), and other minor islands. During the establishment of the ROC, Taiwan was under Japanese rule, which began in 1895. In 1945, after surrender of the Empire of Japan in World War II, Taiwan was placed under the control of the ROC.

In commemoration of the day, we introduce you to wonderful people from Taiwan who we met in Japan.
*Click a photo below to see their stories!

“Rakugo is the ‘Dreamland in my life’.” – Chi-Fen Wu, Rakugo Performer

*Reference: Wikipedia