A century ago, the Chinese Revolution of 1911 gave birth to the Republic of China—the very first democratic republic in Asia. The establishment of this nation officially marked the end of the Chinese imperial rule, and unfolded an unprecedented epoch to come. Although situated in a rather tumultuous time, our nation has demonstrated unity in coping with both domestic issues and foreign invasions. Such endeavor is motivated by our determination to be recognized in the international community.
As time goes by, the nation has successfully integrated the essence of Chinese cultural heritage and Western trends in all aspects of life, thus exhibiting a fusion of conventionality and novelty. While we inherit the cultural values that the past bestows upon us, we demonstrate much flexibility and acceptance in integrating other ideas and ways of life.
The rich language and art forms that we have inherited from thousands of years ago are perceived as not only our nation’s treasure but as a shared value of the world. It is our hope that we can emulate the wisdom and strength of our previous generation while continuing our progress in innovation with great determination.