This building is an aging shop house along Padungan Road. Perhaps only those who have long memories can remember the few significant features of the building. Its roof is slightly different from the other buildings. And it has some other remarkable features too.
October 10th is the National Day of Republic of China.
The Chinese flag at the beginning of 1911 had 18 points - signifying 18 provinces which first joined the first republic (which lasted 9 months!) The sun symbol here however does not have 18 spokes - only 12...so I do wonder why.
|It must have been built in the 29th Year of the Republic - approximately 1940...just before the Japanese arrived in Sarawak.|
|This is the last building on this block. I am wondering what will happen to it in the next few years.|
While many buildings now have the normal calendar(Gregorian) years etched on them several Chinese owned buildings continue to bear the ROC years especially those built before 1949.
It was probably only after 1958 that the Chinese immigrants of Sarawak stopped recognising the Chinese ROC calendar. I believe it was also because many of the property owners at that time was not given the local Identity Cards and also many of them were educated in the Chinese language.
The Brooke and later the British Colonial Government did not make it mandatory for the Chinese to use the Gregorian Calendar any way. Many of the marriage certificates I remember had ROC dates and years. So as children many of us had to calculate when our parents actually got married in the western calendar.
Confusing? It is interesting historically. ...and not in any way anti government. And any way the builders have long gone from our society and we have to be thankful that they have given us a part of their lives and a part of their legacy. Personally it is indeed a part of Kuching history and should be kept that way.
Tomorrow (10.10 or Double TEN) China will celebrate 100 years of the Revolution which made a clean break from feudal dynastic rule of emperors and empresses.
Thank you ancestors!!