Beijing, China (The Great Wall)

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The flag of China features a large gold star with four small gold stars on a red background.  The stars symbolize the Communist Party (large star) and Chairman Mao Zedong’s four social classes of people–proletarian workers, agricultural peasants, petty bourgeoisie, and capitalists.  The red represents the communist revolution.  The five gold stars together symbolize the importance placed on theRead more

Vung Tau, Vietnam

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The flag of Vietnam has a simple design of a large gold star on a red background.  Red represents the bloodshed of the Vietnamese revolution.  The 5-pointed gold star symbolizes the five socialist classes of its people–intellectuals, farmers, workers, businessmen, and military personnel. Muggy day in Vung Tau– Another stop along our Far East AsiaRead more

Nagasaki, Japan

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The flag of Japan is a simple design of a crimson-red disc on a contrasting white background.  Known to the Japanese as ‘Nisshoki’, the flag embodies its reference as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’.  The crimson-red disc represents the sun, which is symbolic of the legend that the sun goddess Amaterasu founded Japan in theRead more