• Yolanda Chen, Dinah Benny, Rita Ng and Yvonne Hsiao

    Yolanda Chen, Dinah Benny, Rita Ng and Yvonne Hsiao

  • Brian O'Rourke and John Paul Jahnke

    Brian O'Rourke and John Paul Jahnke

  • Yu-Lan Huang and Stephen Kuo

    Yu-Lan Huang and Stephen Kuo

  • Roland Peellman

    Roland Peellman

  • Brian Anderson, Brand Hoff and Andrew McCredie

    Brian Anderson, Brand Hoff and Andrew McCredie

  • Syliva Huang and Nick Tsai

    Syliva Huang and Nick Tsai

  • Tony and Nanette Howard

    Tony and Nanette Howard

  • Representative Dr. David Lee, Gai Brodtmann, Sharman Stone and Ross Maddock

    Representative Dr. David Lee, Gai Brodtmann, Sharman Stone and Ross Maddock

  • Jecinta Neumann and Hugh Upton

    Jecinta Neumann and Hugh Upton

  • Wen U ng, Lucy and Joe Straczek and Fred Chow

    Wen U ng, Lucy and Joe Straczek and Fred Chow

  • Neil and Anne James with Peter Tucker

    Neil and Anne James with Peter Tucker

  • Julie Lin and Nicole Tucker

    Julie Lin and Nicole Tucker

  • Cindy Kwan and her mum Joo Siew Kwan

    Cindy Kwan and her mum Joo Siew Kwan

The National Day of the Republic of China, Taiwan, is also known as Double Ten Day. I didn’t know that but Gai Brodtmann did and in her address to the assembled at the Taipai Economic and Cultural Office in Australia reception at Gandel Hall she also told of her Taiwan experience as a poor student on a scholarship living in a tiny room where if she opened her suitcase she couldn’t get out the door. She wants to go back under much more pleasant circumstances to enjoy all the things that Taiwan has to offer tourists; I reckon the always charming team at the Taipai Economic and Cultural Office will be happy to make that possible and enjoyable

But back to the Double Ten Day and the name refers to the October 10 Wuchang uprising in 1911 that saw the eventual end of the Qing dynasties established in 1644 by the Manchus and the establishment of the Republic of China, on mainland China. Communist leader Mao Zedong overthrew that lot in 1949 and they skidaddled to ROC, Taiwan- the names seem to be interchangeable- the little island of prosperity with that big giant breathing down its neck ever since.

It is a major trade partner for Australia with our exports of iron ore and coal and imports of IT and ICT with a bonus of 28,000 backpackers coming down under and getting to know us well.

With toasts to them and us, anthems sung by PhD student at the ANU School of Music Sylvia Huang and a small string trio accompanying her for a rendition of Waltzing Matilda, it was time to enjoy the hospitality of the little ROC with a big generous heart.