October 1, October 10, all the same

FTV News (民视新闻台) conducted a small survey among visitors from the other side of the strait, including this putonghua-speaking guest from Hong Kong:

"Taiwanren are also Chinese"

"Taiwanren are also Chinese"

Q: Now, do you feel that October 1 is your national day, or is it October 10?

A: All the same, we are all Chinese, right? The Taiwanese are also Chinese.

Q: Talking like this, don’t you think that Taiwanese may not be too happy?

A: Not too happy? It’s just my perception…

Watch your tongue, Grandpa

Watch your tongue, Grandpa

Related: Double-Ten Day, Wikipedia

3 Responses to “October 1, October 10, all the same”

  1. Short of asking Taiwanese if they like to celebrate either date as their National Holiday?

    Strange thing is that the second generation Chinese in the US would be allowed (by Chinese) to be called Chinese AMERICAN, identified as AMERICAN with Chinese background.

    But the 5th generation “Chinese” Taiwanese whose great great grandfather came from China and married with some local Taiwanese woman would be identified only as Chinese CHINESE (by Chinese) instead of Taiwanese with some Chinese background (opinion by most Taiwanese).

    Why the double standards?

    My opinion: http://tktw.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-am-taiwanese-not-chinese.html

    Taiwanese society had gone thru reverse, forced assimilation, and this is what China is doing to its minorities too, i.e. forced assimilation.

    The world would not be so interesting if all the people had been forced to become Chinese and had lost all the heritage of the other cultures.


  2. I’ve tried to comment on your blog, but my “open ID credentials could not be verified”.

    I can easily follow most of your post, but believe that “melting pot” implies “hell”. Sometimes, the melting pot looks somewhat idealized to me, and those who controlled the process were, for most of the time, Europeans (I know, most Americans will disagree). Those who lived in North America when the Europeans arrived experienced a concept of European superiority. Taiwan is in a position to defend itself, and its society has been open for some time now. Even Tibetans and Uyghurs are in a better position than America’s natives were. They have spokespeople – many of them abroad – who don’t take orders from Beijing, and who have created a public outside Beijing’s screenplay. Another advantage is media coverage. There was no comparable thing in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century.
    Sometimes wondering if Han nationalists are so mad because they originally wanted to “learn from America” and now seem to face changed rules. But that’s no “Western hypocrisy”. It’s only a different century.



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