There are many interesting facts about China’s flag that show China’s history and symbolic points about the culture.
In the modern Chinese flag, there are two colors, red and yellow. The red in the Chinese flag, in cultural perspective, is representative of the traditional ethnic color of the Han. The Han formed the majority of the country. The yellow that is represented in the stars comes into play in the Ch’ing dynasty. The various flags of China were yellow, due to the Ch’ing’s ethnic color.
Here is some historical context: Originally, there were five different colors in the flag, that aligned in horizontal stripes. The flag consisted of red, yellow, blue in association with the Mongols, white with the TIbetans, and black with the Hui, these being the other major ethnic groups. These colors are representative of the four cardinal points plus the center. The five colors as well represent the traditional Five Classics, Five Elements, Five Rulers, and Five Virtues.
As you can tell, in the flag there are five stars. For those of you who do not know, the number five is often characterized as a lucky number, that leads people to pursue freedom. To pursue freedom can mean a multitude of things. My idea of pursuing freedom, is to be able to do things that you want to do, feel comfortable in the world you are in, and feel as though you can tackle any obstacles that come in your way, without the risk of being endangered by others. There are many different interpretations of the symbolic meanings of the stars. One symbolic change was that the largest star was said to stand for China, and the smaller stars for the country’s many national minorities.
The Chinese Flag is very interesting, and shows some of China’s history and development over the many years. It is very interesting to see how the Chinese incorporated their national flag into the history of their country, much like how the U.S. does with their flag.