The Honolulu City Council and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation celebrates 2011 as the Year of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Hawaii

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Honolulu, Hawaii — 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolution leading to the birth of modern China. In recognition of the influence that Hawaii and its people had on Dr. Sun and his contributions to Hawaii, the Honolulu City Council recently adopted a resolution declaring 2011 the Year of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Hawaii. A celebration ceremony will be held at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park this Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary. Music performed by members of the Royal Hawaiian Band will prelude the ceremony. Highlights of the…

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Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue in Hawaii

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation donated Sun Yat-sen statue at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park

“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.” – Dr. Sun Yat-sen In 1879, at the age of thirteen, Sun Yat-sen came to Hawaii from Zhongshan, China.  It was here in Honolulu, that he spent many of his teenage years growing up and being educated.  China’s first revolutionary society the Xing Zhong Hui (Revive China Society) was organized in Hawaii in 1894.  Sun Yat-sen went on to overthrow the Qing Dynasty and establish a democratic China in 1911. …

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Modern China was born here (Honolulu Advertiser)

Hawai’i tourism is due to benefit from the appeal of a new wrinkle in “Washington Slept Here.” However, it’s not the father of our country who slept in Hawai’i but the father of modern China, Sun Yat-Sen. The first Chinese visitor to see where Sun Yat-Sen hung his hat will be Huang Hua-Hua, governor of Guangdong province. This week, Huang will go to where Sun went to school, Iolani and Punahou. He will meet descendants of people who gathered with him in a house on Queen Emma Lane to form his first revolutionary organization. “Most people in China know that…

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Rethinking the Chinese Revolution: 1911 in Global Perspective

A Conference in Commemoration of the 1911 Revolution(An AAS-endorsed pre-conference of the 2011 AAS-IACS annual convention) University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, HonoluluMarch 28–30, 2011 Organized by the Center for Chinese Studies, with major support from the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa In recognition of the significance of the revolution to China and the world,the UHM Center for Chinese Studies is hosting a commemorative conference,preceding the 2011 national meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, thatwill bring together a diverse group of experts on Chinese history, politics, literature,anthropology, and law, among other fields from the People’s Republic,Hong…

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Announcement of free film screening

In conjunction with “Rethinking the Chinese Revolution: 1911 in Global Perspective: A Conference in Commemoration of the 1911 Revolution”, a public conference being sponsored by Center for Chinese Studies, with major support from the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, March 28–30, 2011. (about which more later), CCS/CI-UHM is pleased to sponsor the screening of the film “Autumn Gem (秋瑾): A Documentary on China’s First Feminist.” The film is about “China’s first female martyr for China’s 1911 revolution.” Date: March 29 Time: 7 p.m. Place: Art Auditorium (Art Building Room 132), UH Mānoa Free admission. Additional screenings will…

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Dr. Sun Yat sen Hawaii Foundation hosts Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation

On August 25th the Dr. Sun Yat sen Hawaii Foundation hosted a breakfast at the Pacific Club in Honolulu for the visiting delegation accompanying the Shanghai Children’s Art Troupe including Chairman Lu Ping and Vice Chairman Ai Baiying, Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SCLF), and Liaison Liu Guangwen.The two Foundations expressed strong interest to work with each other closely and on joint projects in the future. The SCLF is a non-governmental institution, which was established on May 29, 1982, honoring Soong Ching Ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen, 1893-1981) late Honorary President of the People’s Republic of China. The aim of the…

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World Renowned Shanghai Children’s Palace Art Troupe to Perform in Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii – Shanghai Children’s Palace Art Troupe, an internationally recognized youth performing arts group that has performed at the White House as well as opening ceremonies for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, will be in Hawaii for a one-time only performance on Friday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Shanghai Children’s Palace Art Troupe includes 45 multi-talented youngsters, ages 10 to 17, who perform a dazzling array of Chinese choral works, dances (folk, modern and ballet), Chinese instruments and Beijing Opera. The Shanghai Children’s Palace provides a place for China’s most gifted youngsters to pursue their…

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Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation presents Lifetime Achievement Award

December 14th, 2009 Sun Yat-sen Chairman Warren Luke, along with President Steven Ai presented the Foundation’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to Walter Chee Kwon Chun and his wife Sau Chun Wong Chun for their efforts to improve the quality of life, and the understanding of people from both China and the United States of America. Both were born in Hawaii, but spent the majority of their adult lives helping the people of China improve their lives and to guide the country into the modern era. Their work also helped open the door to the West, and paved the way for…

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Dr. Sun’s birthday, Nov 12, 2009

Members of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce met on November 12th to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen on his birthday at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park in Chnatown, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Sun spent his formative years studying first at Iolani School and then Oahu College, now known as Punahou School, which is the same high school that U.S. President B. Obama attended.

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Hong Kong: Where a Future Revolutionary Leader was Nurtured

By Francis Tsui     When Dr. Sun Yat-sen was reminiscing about his student days in Hong Kong during one of his visits to Hong Kong University in 1923, he remarked that years ago he “got the revolutionary ideas in this very place, in the colony of Hong Kong.” Skeptics may question whether Sun Yat-sen really meant what he said or was just saying this to capture and please his audience. Nonetheless, no serious study of Sun’s revolutionary background should overlook or trivialize his sojourn in Hong Kong from 1883 to 1895. Those twelve years were important fomative years in…

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