(1/2) National Flags

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Oct 1, 2017 03:27
The PRC was founded on October 1st, 1949. Since then, every October 1 has been celebrated as China’s National Day. Generally, we have a seven-day holiday starting this day every year. However, the Mid-Autumn Day this year happens to fall during this time, so all together, we have a holiday of eight days. Today when using “Bing China” (an American search engine powered by Microsoft), I saw that this portal site’s background was a picture of a building’s wall. China's national flag was hung on every window of this wall.

Bing China was apparently trying to localize itself -- by celebrating China’s National Day. However, this picture seemed a bit odd to me, because I had hardly ever seen any wall like that in China. In fact, it’s very strange to see someone hanging the national flag on his house. Perhaps portraits of Mao are much more widespread. People in many rural areas still hang his portraits on their walls. Throughout my whole life in China, the only time I saw a community hanging national flags on their houses ever was when I traveled through a small town which is about half an hour’s drive away from the China-Vietnam border.

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1949年10月1日中华人民共和国成立。自此,每年的10月1日都是中国的国庆节,一般来说,我们都会放7天假。但今年中秋节恰逢此时,所以加起来我们一共有8天假。今天,我在用Bing的时候(微软开发的搜索引擎),发现背景照片上是一面墙,墙上每个窗户上都挂着中国国旗。

Bing这一举动显然是为了本土化,普天同庆佳节。但是这张照片看起来有点奇怪,因为我在中国从来没有见过这样的一堵墙。中国人一般不会挂国旗,谁家要是挂了国旗,会显得很奇怪。或许挂毛主席画像更为普遍,在中国很多农村地区,人们仍然挂着毛主席画像。长这么大,只见过一次家家户户挂国旗的。那次是在一个中国边境小镇上,离中越边境大约只有半个小时的车程。