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Why Xinhai Revolution Occurred 100 Years Ago This Month? (1)
辛亥革命100周年

13 October 2011
 

Human development can take many different paths; it may progress towards a more civilized society or revert to a state of savagery. There is no guaranteed route for a forward movement if the collective human effort is not put forth or is misplaced.

Here is a telling example which demonstrates how a highly elaborate civilization as exhibited during the eras of the Song and the Ming could rapidly degenerated to a hunting tribe's crude existence of barbarism.

The photos of China under Manchu's rule were originally taken by Western travelers of the time and widely posted on Chinese cyber space under the title Why I Love Manchu's Qing Dynasty with cynical captions added on by some online Chinese identities (more at 明朝吧, tianya.cn). Here we present further evidences to support their view.

We love Manchu's Qing because the ladies in the Ming court were so skinny like hungry ghosts.

This is a colour ink painting created by Ming artist Chou Ying (仇英), depicting the daily life of the palace ladies of the Ming court donning a typical Chinese costume.

We love Manchu's Qing because its royal concubines were so well-fed.

The photo of Manchu emperor Guangxu's imperial concubine.

We love Manchu's Qing because its palace ladies contributed so much to the fine art of head deco.

The photo of a Manchu palace maiden.

We love Manchu's Qing because its aristocratic ladies looked so strong and unassuming who willingly endured heavy burdens from the top and duly put on an unisex dress to keep their vanity for fashion appeal at bay.

The photo of Manchu princesses and aristocratic women.

We love Manchu's Qing because it never tried to embarrass foreign nations by building ships bigger and more powerful than other countries could do.

The model of the big vessel indicates the ship that helped Chinese to travel between China and Africa in 1421 during the Ming Dynasty, and the small one implies the boat that Colombia once used to cruise from Spain to America in 1492.

We love Manchu's Qing because after more than 2000 years of fast development in technology, Chinese rediscovered the novelty of simple living.

We love Manchu's Qing because after more than 2000 years of obsession with mechanical equipments, Chinese returned to the environmental friendly bio energy.

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驱除鞑虏, 恢复中华!
Drive Away Manchu, Revive Chinese Civilization

10 October 2011 is the 100th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution which is widely viewed as a decisive event that kicked the ancient Middle Kingdom into the moderrn era by ending a thousands-year-old monarchical system.

But we found this notion does not reflect the historical truth.

It was plainly stated in the Declaration of the Anti-Manchu Revolutionary Army (辛亥革命军奉天讨满檄文) and clearly illustrated in a series of symbolic rituals in the aftermath presentation that the uprising's chief motivation and core achievement are of liberating Chinese people from the tyranny of the alien rule, of rescuing Chinese nation from total disintegration under the external pressure, and of saving Chinese civilization from degenerating into a set of meaningless rituals at the hands of the tartars who knew very little about the essence of Chinese culture, and understood even less.

As for a monarchical system, it has never been a cornerstone to testify on the progressiveness of a social system. Britain, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia and Norway, all remain as "feudal" kingdoms, but which do not stop their "subjects" from identifying themselves as the citizens of a "modern state", while Chiang Kai-Shek's reign of iron fist martial law in Taiwan province was evidently more autocratic than that of many Chinese emperors in history.

Here are two march songs sung by Xinhai Revolutionaries at the time which express clearly the key objective of their uprising.

辛亥首义歌:

汉军起义立志把仇报!
里应外合都有我同胞
长枪大炮都已准备好,
楚望台上旌旗飘!

驱除鞑虏,还我中华!
铁血男儿壮志冲九霄!
长枪大炮都已准备好,
楚望台上旌旗飘!

吴楚英豪戈指日,
江湖侠气剑如虹。
能争汉上为先着,
此复神州第一功,第一功!

兴汉军歌:

地发杀机,
中原大陆蛟龙起,
好男儿,濯手整乾坤,
拔剑斫断胡天云。
复我华夏,
完我自由,

家国两尊荣。
乐利蒸蒸,
世界大和平,
中外禔福乐无垠。
好男儿!
撑起双肩肩此任!!

A revolution hero in the film


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