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Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy

10/11/11 - 1/12/2012

Main Library

Chinese Center Exhibit Space - 3rd Floor

100 Larkin St.

Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy

Born at a time when China was weak and profoundly humiliated by the Western powers, Sun Yat-sen vowed to restore his people’s national pride and to establish an American-style government. It would take him 30 years – half of it in exile abroad – before he established the Republic of China. His vision would in turn pave the way for Taiwan’s transformation into a modern, democratic society.

An important political icon in both Taiwan and China, the photo exhibition will include 30 historical photographs of major events in Sun’s life. On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, the library will hold an exhibition commemorating Sun’s life and legacy.

Related Event:

A new performance in the Chinese Historical Society of America History Alive! series:

"Sun Yat-Sen and the Three People’s Principles."

Featuring the unique story of Dr. Sun’s life in America before returning to be the first provisional President of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun is a Chautauquan museum theater presentation by renowned writer, historian and performer, CHSA Artist-in-Residence Charlie Chin. 

This performance will illuminate the connection  between the modern history of China with the history of Chinese American communities as well as the link  between the democratic ideas pursued in the post American Civil War era and the aspirations of Chinese both in China and here in America. This Centennial of the 1911 Chinese Revolution is a key  moment in Chinese American history shared by Chinese throughout the global diaspora.

Saturday, December 3, 2011