Over­seas Chi­nese pay trib­ute to Sun Yat-sen

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By YAN DONGJIE in Honolulu yan­dongjie@chi­nadaily.com. cn

Sun Yat-sen is one of China’s great­est his­tor­i­cal fig­ures, and the time he spent over­seas played a ma­jor role in his pa­tri­otic pur­suits.

Sun came to Hawaii for col­lege when he was 14, and Hawaii was con­sid­ered the place where he de­vel­oped his rev­o­lu­tion­ary ideals, said Wang Wei, a re­searcher from the Nan­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment of China.

Over­seas Chi­nese cel­e­brated the 150th birth­day of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader in Honolulu on Satur­day.

Sun was a pa­triot and na­tional hero, con­sid­ered the pi­o­neer of the Chi­nese demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion. He led the re­volt of 1911, which over­threw the Qing Dy­nasty and put an end to China’s feu­dal monar­chy af­ter more than 2,000 years.

The China Over­seas Ex­change As­so­ci­a­tion and Sun Yat-sen 150th An­niver­sary Hawaii Com­mem­o­ra­tion Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee co-or­ga­nized the com­mem­o­ra­tion, which in­cludes a his­tory pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion Mem­ory of the Two Cities and the US premiere of the doc­u­men­tary Sun Yat-sen and Over­seas Chi­nese, pro­duced by China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion for this an­niver­sary.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is a re­view of the his­tory of Nan­jing and Guangzhou, the two im­por­tant bases in China of Sun’s, in mem­ory of the great rev­o­lu­tion­ist,” said Wang.

“Over­seas Chi­nese are the mother of the rev­o­lu­tion,” Sun Yat-sen once said, as he re­ceived wide­spread sup­port from them dur­ing his pur­suit of na­tional re­vi­tal­iza­tion.

Sun es­tab­lished Xingzhonghui, the Re­vive China So­ci­ety, in Honolulu in 1894, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary or­ga­ni­za­tion aim­ing to “save peo­ple from mire and fire and raise the coun­try that was about to fail apart”.

The first 20-plus mem­bers of the Re­vive China So­ci­ety were over­seas Chi­nese, as were the ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers of Tong­menghui, the Chi­nese United League, ac­cord­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“When we talk about Sun Yat-sen, we all know that he was a rev­o­lu­tion­ist, but peo­ple usu­ally for­get his iden­tity as an over­seas Chi­nese,” said Zhu Bo, di­rec­tor of the doc­u­men­tary, adding that over­seas Chi­nese con­trib­uted a lot to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary his­tory in China.

The pro­duc­tion of the six­episode doc­u­men­tary took nearly one year; 150 peo­ple were in­ter­viewed, in­clud­ing Sun experts and over­seas Chi­nese, which in­volved more than 170 work­ing staff.

Zhu said that the doc­u­men­tary has been shown in China, Europe, Africa, Aus­tralia, Singa­pore, and now the US.

Sun died of liver can­cer at age 58 on March 12, 1925.

“Read­ing all the his­tory and cul­tures that I didn’t know be­fore, I feel that Sun brought up China like a fa­ther brings up his son,” said Ou Zhao­hua, a stu­dent at Min­lun School in Honolulu, who was born in the same vil­lage as Sun in Guang­dong.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a re­view of the his­tory of Nan­jing and Guangzhou” (key bases for Sun in China. Wang Wei, re­searcher, Nan­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment

YAN DONGJIE / CHINA DAILY

TheMe­mory­oftheT­woCi­ties, a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion about Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion­ist Sun Yat-sen, is held in Honolulu on Nov 12 in mem­ory of his 150th birth­day.

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