Over 2,500 Chinese- and Taiwanese-Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China on land, air and sea on Saturday, September 24. The event is sponsored by over 50 Chinese/Taiwanese community organizations, with the Chinese Community Cultural Association (CCCA) taking the lead.
The day will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 10:10 am (significant since Oct 10 is the National Day of the ROC, aka Double Ten) at the Golden Gate Bridge’s Visitor Center in San Francisco. The gathering will then continue to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge from 11:00am to 1pm. At the same time, an air banner celebrating the event will circle overhead from 11:40am to 12:10pm with a chartered boat in the water as well.
As the first republic in Asia, the ROC was founded by Sun Yat-sen when he overthrew China's last feudal dynasty one hundred years ago. Before that, Sun spent nearly a decade in the United States and greatly admired the American system of government. Specifically, he rallied much of his support and funding for his revolution from overseas Chinese in the Bay Area. A statue of Sun now stands in Saint Mary’s Square (SF Chinatown), where he once spoke to overseas Chinese supporters. The ROC was relocated to Taiwan in 1949, where his vision would pave the way for the island's transformation into a modern democracy. Today, the Republic of China continues to be a thriving open society.
In the Bay Area, some 700,000 ethnic Chinese, particularly Taiwanese-Americans, will commemorate the ROC's centennial. We hope you will be able to join them this Saturday and cover this event. If you would like any further information about the walk, please contact James Chung.
James Chung, General Coordinator
Tel: (925) 216-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org