Day of Uprising (起義的日子)
By James Harworth (何杰明), Founder of Seeds to Sunflowers
When I first came to Taiwan and heard of Double Ten Day, I was only led to believe that it was a holiday to “celebrate Taiwanese freedom”. I didn’t really understand any of the complexities that still accompany these few words. I actually thought it was some sort of independence commemoration even though China has continuously claimed that no such thing is possible. The more I started to study Taiwan’s history and especially its relationship with China, the meaning of Double Ten Day became more apparent… and more then again more nuanced.
To avoid dragging out too much of the history of which many readers are already aware, it is my intention to keep this brief: Double Ten Day commemorates the Wuchang Uprising, which paved the way for the KMT to assume power.
The Wuchang Uprising was not about voiceless submission to authority though, whether it be to that of the Qing Dynasty or of the KMT. Without getting into too many specifics, my understanding is that the uprising was generally about establishing republican government that could best represent the will of the people.
It is in this spirit that the Taiwanese are right to celebrate this holiday and to hold it dear, regardless of party affiliation.
Perhaps this spirit will one day lead to a globally recognized independent Taiwan. Most importantly though, it is one day out of the year that citizens of this country can come together and say, “Yes. We are Taiwan.”