Sun Yat-sen’s mem­ory unites Chi­nese on re­ju­ve­na­tion, uni­fi­ca­tion

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This year marks the 150th an­niver­sary of the birth of Dr Sun Yat-sen, a great fore­run­ner of China’s demo­cratic revo­lu­tion. Chi­nese all over the world, in­clud­ing those Chi­nese Amer­i­cans in the Bay Area, are unit­ing to com­mem­o­rate the great na­tional hero, pa­triot and pioneer of China’s demo­cratic revo­lu­tion.

Sun played a de­ci­sive role in the 1911 revo­lu­tion that over­threw the im­pe­rial Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911), ter­mi­nated China’s more than 2,000 years of feu­dal rul­ing, and laid the foun­da­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of a new po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

In San Fran­cisco, over­seas Chi­nese or­ga­ni­za­tions have spon­sored a se­ries of sym­po­siums, sem­i­nars, per­for­mances and photo ex­hi­bi­tions to spread Sun’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary ideals and prac­tices to help the Chi­nese com­mu­nity get a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the his­tor­i­cal mean­ing and rich con­no­ta­tion of the Chi­nese Dream. They also build con­fi­dence for China’s re­ju­ve­na­tion and pro­mote the peace­ful re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the Chi­nese main­land and Tai­wan.

Born in 1866, Sun was heav­ily in­flu­enced by Western civ­i­liza­tion and once claimed, “This is my Hawaii; here I was brought up and ed­u­cated, and it was here that I came to know what mod­ern, civ­i­lized gov­ern­ments are like and what they mean,” he said in ref­er­ence to the early teenage ed­u­ca­tion he’d re­ceived in Hawaii since he was age 13.

Sun cre­ated Kuom­intang and later the repub­li­can govern­ment in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince in 1911. He died in 1929 and his re­mains were placed in the mau­soleum in Nan­jing.

“Dr Sun is self­less, ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted for the cause,” said Zha Liyou, deputy con­sul general at the Chi­nese Con­sulate General in San Fran­cisco at a sem­i­nar on Fri­day. “Sun’s Bo Ai (Uni­ver­sal Love) and Tian Xia Wei Gong (The en­tire world as one com­mu­nity) still ap­ply to cur­rent af­fairs among over­seas com­mu­ni­ties and our na­tion’s re­ju­ve­na­tion,” he added.

“On Nov 9, 2015, one day af­ter Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping met thenTai­wan leader Ma Ying-jeou in Sin­ga­pore, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence (CPPCC) Na­tional Com­mit­tee an­nounced that China would or­ga­nize well-rounded pro­grams and events to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of the birth of Sun in 2016.

A se­ries of events will be held “to honor his con­tri­bu­tion to na­tional in­de­pen­dence, so­cial ad­vance­ment and peo­ple’s hap­pi­ness, carry for­ward his pa­tri­otic thoughts and rev­o­lu­tion­ary and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spir­its, con­sol­i­date the unity among Chi­nese peo­ple and the pa­tri­otic united front, safe­guard cross-Straits peace and jointly ad­vance the coun­try’s peace­ful uni­fi­ca­tion,” said the CPPCC.

“The ini­tia­tive of the Chi­nese govern­ment will help con­sol­i­date a shared recog­ni­tion of his­tory and Sun’s legacy in both the main­land and Tai­wan,” said He Konghua, a cel­e­brated com­mu­nity leader in the Bay Area.

At a sem­i­nar on Oct 19 in San Ma­teo, He and Florence Fang en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to an­a­lyze Sun’s essence of thoughts.

“Sun’s thoughts are still of re­al­is­tic value of pro­mot­ing the co­op­er­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the main­land and Tai­wan,” said Fang, echo­ing Sun, “we haven’t suc­ceeded in the revo­lu­tion yet, so our com­rades should still work hard”.

Chang Jun SANFRAN­CISCO JOUR­NAL

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