Re-Imagining the Formosan Flag: Taiwan’s First Appeal for International Help

‘The difference between the two tigers is hidden in their eyes; the obverse side has undilated pupils while the reverse has dilated ones. Researchers believe this contrast is a metaphor for day and night, symbolizing constant vigilance.’

The News Lens
Date: 2017/05/25
By: Shannon Lin

On this day in 1895, Tang Jing-song (唐景崧), governor of Taiwan during the
Qing dynasty, was inaugurated as president of the Formosan Republic — a short-lived state established by Qing loyalists after China formally ceded Taiwan to Japan.

A flag of rag cloth, 3.1 meters long by 2.6 meters wide, was hoisted into the sky at the Qing Dynasty Taiwan Provincial Administration Hall in Taipei. The flag’s most distinctive quality was a yellow tiger situated on a blue background, painted in oil colors.

In March 2016, 121 years after it was first raised, the “Yellow Tiger Flag” was designated a national treasure by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.    [FULL  STORY]

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