Chinese Wikis and Chinese Flags

Wikipedia Is a Hit in China As Ban Is Lifted,” Wall Street Journal, 15 November 2006, http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116355788891123450-tqM_m9_qDsL5EWEFgW4o6zHBSIQ_20061214.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top (from Slashdot).

The Chinese version of wikipedia is exploding in popularity, after the Communist party legalized it

Activity on nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation’s Chinese Wikipedia site has skyrocketed since its release, which Internet users in China first started reporting on Nov. 10. Since then, the number of new users registering to contribute to the site has exceeded 1,200 a day, up from an average of 300 to 400 prior to the unblocking. The number of new articles posted daily has increased 75% from the week before, with the total now surpassing 100,000, according to the foundation.

The unblocking of Chinese-language Wikipedia makes the site’s user-generated content accessible to a much larger share of China’s Internet population, which now numbers more than 120 million.

While stumbling my way through the hanzi, I came across this historical poster arguing for the continuity of the Republic of China from the founding to Chiang Kaishek’s reign:


The Chinese Republic For Ever

It is a reminder that Mao is not the only Chinese leader to supress the Sun Disk. The first flag of the Chinese Republic, as well as the flags of the (illegitimate) Manchu State and the (illegimiate) Empire of China also were Sun-Disk-less.


Chinese Republic, Chinese Empire, Manchu State

More historical Chinese flags are available at China Since 1912.