Happy 100th Year Anniversary of 1911 Chinese Revolution

Oct 10 marks the 100th Mandarin Chinese anniversary of the 1911 Revolution in China.  It will be celebrated on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. It seems that Sun Yatsen and Song Qingling will be some of the greats remembered.  Sun Yatsen was the spiritual leader of the revolution. Song Qingling, his wife, was one of the three famous Song sisters.  Another was Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Song Meiling).  Thirty to thirty-five years later, while Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling, president and first lady of the Republic of China, were busy fighting off the Japanese, Russia and the Chinese communists were planning the overthrow of the KMT, which occurred shortly after WWII. Thus, a second revolution, the Communist Revolution, occurred, forcing Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling and some loyalists to Taiwan and Burma, with the hope of re-taking the mainland and re-establishing ROC governance.  It never happened. Still both sides of Taiwan Strait owe much and pay homage to Sun Yatsen and the 1911 Revolution.  However, it is always best to avoid political conversations when traveling around the region. There are many, many opinions, and some quite passionate.  As for the celebrations, look out for the fireworks.


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