Hundreds gathered for the Double 10 Parade from Chinatown Gate to City Hall Plaza on Oct. 7. The procession included representatives from dozens of Taiwanese-American cultural groups, lion dancers, drummers, dancers and Chinese-American veterans. The parade drew thousands of spectators as it proceeded down Washington Street.
On Oct. 10, 1911, the Wuchang Uprising in China paved the way for a series of uprisings that eventually overthrew the Qing Dynasty. This “Double 10 Day” marks the end of over 2000 years of dynastic rule in China, and the beginning of the Republican era. After the fall of the Qing, the Republic of China (ROC) was established in 1912. Although the ROC government did not relocate to modern day Taiwan until 1949, Double 10 Day is celebrated in China and Taiwan.
The parade culminated in a gathering on City Hall Plaza, with remarks from Scott Lai, outgoing Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston; Boston City Council President Michelle Wu and Chinatown community leader Frank Chin, among several other distinguished politicians and representatives. The events concluded with dance and gymnastics performances by members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop and other art societies and dance troupes.
In 2010, the U.S. Census reported more than 4,800 Taiwanese Americans in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area, one of the largest urban populations in America. Chinese Americans comprise 3.5 million of the American population, according to 2010 Census data.
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