Two days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan, the topic “The map can show every street in Taiwan” became a hot search on Weibo, attracting more than 1.39 billion views and 81,000 discussions as of 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 6 (local time). According to NetEase, “the map can show every street in Taiwan provinces” once ranked first on Weibo.
On the first day of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the Chinese military threatened “joint air and sea drills.” The live-fire missile tests blocking Taiwan went on for three days. Still, the day after the drills, the Chinese military hastily announced that “the live-fire exercise mission has been successfully completed,” causing heated public discussion.
Sina reported from China’s official media outlet China News that little pinks (young Chinese nationalists) on social platforms can see every street in Taiwan when searching the map. But when seeing the street names in Taiwan, the Chinese see a strange familiarity. It turns out that many places in Taiwan completely coincide with China. It recalls the painful history of a nation’s division and the restlessness of Taiwan’s great leader—Chiang Kai-shek.
According to Sohu, netizens who searched the Taiwan map have observed that the street names in Taiwan provinces have many familiar places, such as Guangzhou Street, Changsha Road, Nanjing Road, Chongqing Road, etc. They’re all mainland China cities’ names.
Someone also spread the Taiwan map of Taipei, took Zhongshan as the vertical axis and Zhongxiao as the horizontal axis, and drew a cross coordinate. Immediately discovered in the southwest, there are Chengdu Road, Guiyang Road, and Liuzhou Road, and in the northeast corner are Jilin Road, Liaoning Road, Changchun Road, Ningbo Road, and Shaoxing Road.
A netizen said many streets near Songshan Airport, Songshan District, Taipei, are named after places in Northeast China. For example, in Heilongjiang province, names related to the capital Taipei include Beian Street, Tongbei Street, Mingshui Road, Shuangcheng Road, Qingcheng Road, Fujin Road, Baoqing Road, Fuyuan Road, Raohe Road, and Wuchang Road.
Vision Times quoted some netizens’ comments such as: “Every road is a way home.”
“As soon as you see the places, you suddenly feel familiar. Do you feel the same? Surely, the history of the places tells us that people of the same family are family after all.”
According to Jimu News, the above comments of netizens and the incident “The map can show every street in Taiwan” became a hot search on Weibo, showing that netizens are very interested in Taiwan and the unification of the “mother mainland.”
After the CCP usurped power from the Kuomintang in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek and 600,000 soldiers and civilians left mainland China and retreated to Taiwan. Since then, Chiang Kai-shek spent 20 years promoting social transformation, prioritizing people’s livelihood and welfare, and vigorously promoting Chinese traditional culture. With his efforts, land reform has improved farmers’ productivity and narrowed the gap between rich and poor, and Chinese traditional culture has been maintained. In it, the streets of Taiwan are named after mainland provinces and cities so that descendants who have moved to Taiwan will not forget China.
VOA’s “State Secrets” section revealed that, although Chiang Kai-shek was in Taiwan, his heart was still in mainland China. During the 1954 Wuhan flood, he detailed the disaster in his diary. It was suggested that this was a good time to counter-attack the mainland. Still, Chiang Kai-shek denied it, saying: “Right now we should do disaster relief. This is not the time to talk about counter-attacks.”
According to the Epoch Times, in the “Taiwan Events Chronicle” recorded, in 1959, there was a famine in Mainland China. Chiang Kai-shek urged each Taiwanese to give one yuan to support fellow mainlanders while providing 100,000 tons of food to the mainland through the International Red Cross. Still, the Chinese Communist Party did not care about the people’s difficulties and refused to accept help.
When the CCP launched the “Great Cultural Revolution” in 1966 and used the Red Guards to “break the old four” (i.e., destroy the old thoughts, the old culture, the old customs, the old habits), according to Vision Times, in the record of “Speech by senior professor Quan Yan” read, Chiang Kai-shek once said that the Communist Party “madly forced middle and elementary school students to become ‘Red Guards’ to destroy our history, destroy our culture, and destroy our morals and ethics, making it a total shameful and painful animal society of the Chinese under the rule of the CCP.'”
In the “Speech at the congress to celebrate the birth of the founding father and the cultural revival festival,” Chiang Kai-shek said: “The reason why our Chinese nation can develop and last for five thousand years is that our national culture is rooted in compassion, so it can last forever and never stop evolving with the times, become more solid with time, and become new every day. Because our national culture is the crystallization of a kind of intelligence, quality, and population, the dignity of a person and the individual’s intellect must be brought into full play. These are not only the inheritance of historical traditions but also concrete expressions of the lifestyle of the times. Cultural revival is the cultivation of national morality, personal dignity, freedom of belief, the cultivation of a pure soul, the relationship between things, the collective and the self, the improvement of people’s lives, the survival of the nation, the livelihood of the nation, the primary conditions of the people’s life.
“Today’s fierce confrontation with our cultural renaissance and the cultural devastation caused by the Maoist government demonstrates that our struggle against Mao’s communist power is the struggle between culture and ideology, that is, the struggle between spirit and matter, freedom and tyranny. It is also the struggle of civilization against barbarism, morality against crime, light against darkness, and humanity against beasts—that is, the struggle to protect the culture of morality, democracy, and science from the disaster that destroys nationalism, democracy, and the livelihood of the people”.
According to Wikipedia, on Nov. 12, 1968, Chiang Kai-shek wrote a letter to compatriots nationwide. It said, “Reviving Chinese culture, creating a new era of the Three Principles of the People, promoting morality, science, democratic spirit, understanding politeness, knowing shame; implementing the constitution of the Three Principles of the People, saving the country, save the compatriots and save the culture in unison.”
Then, on Nov. 12, 1970, Chiang Kai-shek spoke at a ceremony commemorating the 105th birthday of the founder of the Republic of China—Sun Yat-sen. He said, “Our Founding Father devoted his life to the national revolution, and his original aim was to rescue Chinese culture from its roots and revive a new, dignified China.
He added: “Our Chinese culture, which is the source of Eastern culture, has also created the value standard of spiritual civilization for the world. And has also made “mankind enter the century of Three Principles of the People (People’s Proprietary, People’s Rule, and People’s Enjoyment)” so that “everyone respects morality and virtues. Therefore, no one can destroy Chinese culture, and our cultural revival movement is to remind people in the world to revive from the destruction of the CCP.”