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It should be no surprise that many Taiwanese are reluctant to celebrate the anniversary of the ROC. Much of its history, in both China and Taiwan, is marked by brutality and repression.

Like Waldron I also hope that everyone in Taiwan can celebrate a national day together. However it should be based on a real consensus of Taiwanese society, not an ambiguous one.

The democratization in Taiwan over the past two decades is a much prouder achievement and something that should be celebrated by everyone in Taiwan. I suggest that Dec. 10 be made Taiwan’s national day. This marks the anniversary of the 1979 -Kaohsiung Incident, a key event that led toward Taiwan’s democratization. It is also Human Rights Day, when the world celebrates the universal values of human rights. This is something that Taiwanese people could have a true consensus about.

DAVID REID

Taichung

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