What is the meaning of this badge worn by Taiwan
president Tsai Ing-wen?
Do you know what the event she was appearing at? I know that China has gone so far as to ban or blackout the Taiwanese flag pin that she and other politicians would wear sometimes. Maybe this is some substitute to appease them diplomatically. It looks like a Chinese radical that’s often on top of characters.
It’s been worn recently at her speech “Taiwan will not bow to Chinese pressure.” Radical sounds nearer the mark.
grass [cǎo] like two shoots of grass penetrating the earth layer.
Since it’s often used with plants it probably signifies natural growth, not forced coercion regarding the future of Taiwan.
Associated is the symbol for earth:
EARTH (Chinese: 土, pinyin: tǔ)
It is the symbol of stability and being properly anchored.
I’m guessing it’s this:
The National Day of the Republic of China, also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day, is a public holiday on 10th of October that is now held annually in Taiwan (officially the Republic of China, ROC). It was also celebrated during the ROC rule in mainland China before 1949, the date continues to be observed by the subsequent People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution but not as a public holiday. It commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911 which ultimately led to the collapse of the imperial Qing dynasty and establishment of the Republic of China on 1 January 1912.
A combination of two 十 (‘ten’) characters, often seen during the holiday
Double ten= 10/10th date
In Chinese numerology the basic numbers are 0-9. Ten is considered ‘full’ and a summit of the cycle, to be followed by decline. ‘Full’ is the origin of the + symbol, where the horizontal (stability) and vertical (growth) are balanced. These dynamics are also the interaction between tranquillity and insight respectively.
Meanwhile it has been “golden week” (Oct 1-7) national holiday in mainland China, where an anti-US film has been popular, showing public sentiment there:
Aha! That certainly makes a good occasion for the speech she gave.
The grass radical is traditionally written the same way, as two “tens” next to each other. But in modern times it’s simplified with a single horizontal stroke.
Oddly enough, her hair resembles the pin she’s wearing. Illuminati….? Probably not.