Overseas Chinese Day
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OVERSEAS CHINESE DAY
Overseas Chinese Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated in the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan). It is dedicated to the people of Chinese birth or descent who currently live outside the Greater China Area (i.e. China and Taiwan).
In the Chinese language, there are several terms used to denote overseas Chinese. For example, the term Huáqiáo refers to the citizens of China/Taiwan residing in other countries, while the term Huáyì refers to ethnic Chinese residing in countries other than China.
Overseas Chinese Day was created to commemorate the establishment of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) in 1926. The OCAC is a Taiwanese government institution that serves as an informational, economic, cultural and educational exchanges organization between the Republic of China and the overseas communities. It aims to establish close ties with all ethnic Chinese who live in foreign countries and identify with Taiwan.
Overseas Chinese Day in Taiwan is celebrated on October 21. Celebrations are also held by Chinese communities all over the world. Most overseas Chinese are residing in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar etc.), there also are large Chinese communities in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and some European countries.
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