OCAC respects association's decision not to hold National Day celebrations
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC, 僑委會) head yesterday said he respected the decision made by an overseas Chinese association in San Francisco to not hold Republic of China National Day celebrations this year.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The OCAC will still hold national day celebrations on Oct. 10 to celebrate the R.O.C's birthday in the American city despite the absence of the association, Minister Chen Shyh-kwei (陳士魁) said yesterday in the Legislative Yuan.
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in San Francisco (舊金山駐美總會館), in a recent board of directors' meeting, reached a decision of not celebrating R.O.C. National Day for the first time in the association's history.
The association was founded in 1854.
Like many other similar groups in the United States, the association offered assistance to R.O.C founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolution against the Qing Dynasty and has been a long supporter of R.O.C government.
However, many overseas Chinese groups have gradually distanced themselves from Taipei in favor of Beijing after the U.S. switched its diplomatic recognition in 1978.
On May, the association in San Francisco passed a motion to remove the R.O.C national flag from its office.