You mean it's 101, not 2012?

4 August 2012

If you hang around in Taiwan for a short while, you'll soon discover the 民國 (Min guo) calendar, be it in conversation or when filling out a form. Basically, Year 1 is treated as the founding of the Republic of China in 1912 by Sun Yat Sen - so this year (2012) is Year 101.

Interesting fact: The ROC era numbering happens to be the same as the numbering used by the Juche calendar of North Korea, because its founder, Kim Il-sung, was born in 1912.

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