International Congress of Vexillology with us
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From August 4th to 10th in 2013, the 25th International Congress of Vexillology was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. More than 100 representatives from all over the world, including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and other countries attended the congress. The congress invited 35 scholars to make presentations. Actually, this is the first time for Chinese scholars attended the International Congress of Vexillology and the first Chinese report was presented at the congress.
As far as the time of participation is concerned, Chinese scholars are the late participants - no Chinese scholars attended the previous 24 congresses. However, for this congress, three official representatives and one accompanying person will represent China to attend. They are Buxin Han (Deputy Secretary General of Chinese psychological association; Doctoral supervisor), Xinfeng Zhao (Founder of Chinaflag website; the director of Beijing XinFeng Flag Cultural Communication Center), Xing Fei (The doctor of Canton’s Thirteen Hongs Research Center, Guangzhou University) and Linna Li (Research assistant of the Museum of the NANYUE KING of Western Han Dynasty). Actually, as early as three years ago, the British Chinese Dong Lin, who had attended two times congress of vexillology, found Xinfeng Zhao through the Chinaflag website and introduced the basic situation of the congress. After a period of preparation, Xinfeng Zhao invited Dong Lin to attend the congress. Thereafter they submitted papers to the congress respectively, and received invitations to make presentation at the congress.
Xinfeng Zhao tells the world in Chinese: China is the first country to use the national flag.
Although Chinese scholars are coming late, Xinfeng Zhao tells the world in Chinese: the national flag originated in China. However, there has long been an international consensus that the national flag originated on Denmark. ‘Suddenly, there was a great peal of thunder, and a read banner with a white cross floated down from the sky.’ This is the story known to most Dane’s as the origin of the Dannebrog.
Some foreign scholars as well as Chinese scholars believed in this tale, which has been extolled to now.
During the preparation of the congress paper, Xinfeng Zhao consulted a large number of acient literature, including “flag” (as “qi “in Chinese) in the inscriptions on bones or tortoise shells of the Shang Dynasty, and Rites of Zhou. These historical documents give him confidence and revelation. Therefore, the first point of his congress paper is that China is the country with the earliest origin of flag culture in the world, and the flag was first born in China in the eleventh century BC.
In the paper, he also told delegates about the centuries-old Chinese flag culture. Actually, in ancient China, the word “flag” was represented by “qi” and “zhi” in Chinese characters. Compared with “qi”, “zhi” is more prominent in the identity function. Since “zhi” was a subordinate and development of “qi”, it usually appeared together with “qi”. Thus, “flag” in Chinese is “qi zhi”.