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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Educating a Revolutionary: Sun Yat-Sen’s Schooling in Hawaii

By Alfred L. Castle     Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was the best known revolutionary proponent of a Chinese republic, both in China and abroad. Born of peasant stock near Canton, a cosmopolitan southern section of China, he was a Westernized Chinese. His Westernization had come from his residency and schooling in Hawaii, his medical studies in Hong Kong, and his organizational activities in the rapidly modernizing Japan. This background served him well as he traveled to gain support for China’s revolution. Sun Yat-sen’s intellectual legacy to those who followed him was fully formulated by the time of the Chinese Revolution…

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Sun Yat-Sen in China’s Heroic Tradition

By Loretta Pang     In a brief autobiography written in 1896, Sun Yat-sen asserted that he revered the sage kings Tang (reigned 1751-1739 BC?) and Wu (reigned 1121-1116 BC) from China’s distant past. As a young man, he also admired Hong Xiuchuan (AD 1814-1864), leader of the Taiping Rebellion, and identified with him to the extent that the friends with whom he discussed politics jokingly called him by that name. That Sun would single out these individuals as his personal heroes reveals as much about China’s heroic tradition as it does about Sun, who himself would become a heroic…

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The “South” in Chinese History

By D. W. Y .Kwok     In Chinese cultural awareness, the “South” is a composite term which acquired complexities and layers of meaning as her cultural geography expanded with the movement of history. Some of these meanings and connotations may be noted for the purposes of this brief treatment of the subject. First, north-to-south was from earliest Chinese history the principal orientation of any view of the south. Both cosmology and geography reinforce this view. While the North Polar Star serves as the guiding reference point of cosmic bearing, the Chinese compass has always been called “South-pointing needle (zinanzhen.)…

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Sun Yat-Sen and Hawaii

By William M. Zanella     When the Wuchang revolt of Oct. 10, 1911, the military launching of the Xinhai Revolution, broke out, Sun Yat-Sen was in America. He learned of these portentous events by reading about them in a newspaper while traveling by train from Denver to Kansas City. That the “Father of the Chinese Revolution” was abroad for one of the most momentous events in modern Chinese history is one of the many ironies of his revolutionary career. Titular leader of a revolution begun in his absence, Sun was destined to be forced to live outside of China…

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Sixth Visit: March 1910 – May 1910

Immigration approval to admit Sun, March 1910   (Courtesy of National Archives, Pacific Region) “Approval of Immigration Inspector dated March 28, 1910, to admit Dr. Sun based on his Hawaiian birth certificate of 1904.”     Photo of Sun in March 1910   (Courtesy of National Archives, Pacific Region) “Photo of Dr. Sun holding a name plaque and file number on arriving on the S.S. Korea, March 28, 1910.”

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Fifth Visit: September 1903 – March 1904

Cancelled check #47     Collection of Lum Chee.(Courtesy of Raymond and Yansheng Ma Lum) “Cancelled check dated February 19, 1904, drawn on First Bank of Hilo, to Dr. S. Y. Sun for $158.00, signed by Tom Wai Kim, treasurer of the Chinese Revolutionary Army in Hilo. Dr. Sun and Ho Fon, chairman of the Xingzhonghui endorsed it.”     Certificate of Hawaiian Birth #25, 14 Mar. 1904   (Courtesy of Hawaii State Department of Health) “Certificate of Hawaiian Birth issued March 14, 1904. Dr. Sun applied for and received the Certificate, claiming he was born in Hawaii on November…

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