Five Races Under One Union
|Five Races Under One Union|
The center flag is the Five-Colored Flag of the Republic of China , underneath the flags is the message: "Long live the union" (共和萬歲)
|Literal meaning||five races (ethnic groups) living together in mutual harmony|
|Name||Five-coloured flag (五色旗)|
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|Adopted||January 10, 1912|
|Design||Five horizontal bands of red, yellow, blue, white and black.|
This principle emphasized the harmony of the five major ethnic groups in China as represented by the colored stripes of the Five-Colored Flag of the Republic: the Han (red); the Manchus (yellow); the Mongols (blue); the "Hui" (the name given to the Muslims at that time) (white); and the Tibetans (black).
The term "Muslim" in this context (including the term 回, huí, in Chinese) primarily referred to the Muslim Turkic peoples in Western China, since the term "Muslim Territory" (回疆; "Huijiang") was an older name for Xinjiang during the Qing dynasty. The meaning of the term "Hui people" gradually shifted to its current sense—a group distinguished from the Han Chinese by little other than their Muslim faith and distant foreign ancestry during the period of roughly 1911–49 in the Republic of China.
After the Wuchang Uprising, the Qing dynasty made the transition to the Republic of China. There were a number of competing flags that could have been used by the revolutionaries. The military units of Wuchang wanted the 9-star flag with Taijitu. Sun Yat-sen preferred the Blue Sky and White Sun flag to honor Lu Hao-tung.
Despite the general target of the uprisings to be the Manchus, Sun Yat-sen, Song Jiaoren and Huang Xing unanimously advocated racial integration to be carried out on the frontiers; hence the different colors used for the flag. The general idea is that all of the non-Han races were Chinese also, despite the non-Han portion making up a relatively small percentage of the population.
The "five ethnic groups under one union" flag was no longer used after the Northern Expedition.
A variation of this flag was adopted by Yuan Shikai's empire and the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo (Flag of Manchukuo). In Manchukuo, similar slogan (五族協和) was used, but the five races are changed into Japanese (red), Han Chinese (blue), Mongols (white), Koreans (black) and Manchus (yellow).
Air force roundel
National flag of Empire of China 1916
National flag of Manchukuo 1932–1945
Flag of the Reformed Government of the Republic of China (1938–1940)
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