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Sun Yat-sen - His Hawaii Roots

The Suns link Hawaii with History

Since the middle of the 19th century, many migrant workers from Guangdong, China came to America to make a living. Though they came to work as laborers and farm hands, many who worked hard made good to own properties and businesses. Among them were the Sun brothers, who changed the course of world and made history. The elder brother Sun Mei (Ah Mi) came to Hawaii as a 17 year old farm hand but eventually became one of the richest ranchers in Maui. His brother Sun Yat-sen made use of Hawaii as a revolutionary base, went through 11 failed attempts to overthrow the Imperial Qing Dynasty and founded the first Republic in Asia.

The descendants of Sun Yat-sen and Sun Mei, two of the most well known migrants to early Hawaii, have organized a series of events with the Hawaiian community to commemorate and revisit these historical figures, and how they are and have inextricably linked Hawaii to world history.

A bronze statue of Sun Mei will be unveiled at the Sun Yat-sen Park in Keokea. In conjunction with the dedication of the statue, a Forum on “Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawaii” will be held and over 150 photos of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his family will make its first ever appearance in the United States at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Victor Sun, eldest great grandson of Sun Mei and his brothers as well as Leland Sun, eldest great grandson of Sun Yat-sen have organized the event with the help of friends in Maui. They have invited other Sun family members and friends, Maui government dignitaries, descendants of the Revolutionary heroes, overseas Chinese communities in Hawaii, representatives from Zhongshan City and Taiwan as well as the media to join in the celebration of this very special occasion.

The series of events will start on June 3rd . At 10:30 am, an unveiling ceremony for the statue of Sun Mei will be held at the Sun Yat-sen Park, located at the old Sun Mei Ranch site in Keokea. The 2.5 meter tall bronze statue is a gift by Victor Sun to the County of Maui. It is most appreciated that the Maui County Council had approved Sun Mei's statue to be placed along side that of his brother's.

We are grateful that the University of Hawaii Maui College will sponsor a forum entitled “Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawaii” and the photo exhibition of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his family.

Between 2:00-5:00pm of June 3rd, the forum will be held at the New Science Building of the University of Hawaii Maui College. The program shall include:

1. The Curator of the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Zhongshan and the Director of the Guangzhou Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen's Mansion will give brief introduction of their museums as well as presentation of the photo exhibits they donated.

2. Prof. Qiu Jie will deliver a speech on the topic of “The Revolution led by Sun Yat-sen and his role in Chinese History” which cites Sun Yat-sen's achievements and his life-long devotion to the salvation and betterment of China.

3. Mr. Robert Cupchoy, a local historian whose grandfather was a close friend of Sun Mei will speak about the history of Sun Mei.

4. Prof. Huang Xiangnong's speech topic will be “The Development of Sun Yat-sen's ideology from the East-West Culture” which will focus on the historical context of the first emergence of Sun Yat-sen's ideology, his education background and the importance of Sun Mei in the formation of his brother's political ideology.

5. Dr. Sharat G. Lin's speech entitled “Sun Yat-sen in the Historical Context of Revolutionary Mass Action” presents an academic view of Sun Yat-sen's role in the historical revolution.

6. Ms Chen Diqiu's topic of her speech on “Hawaiian Overseas Chinese and Sun Yat-sen's Revolution” will share some background view on the contribution to the revolution by the overseas Chinese in Hawaii.

 Two sets of photo exhibits will be displayed at the University of Hawaii Maui College Library June 3-14.

Exhibit 1: “Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the United States” photo exhibit is a gift from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou and the Guangzhou Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen's Mansion.

Exhibit 2: “Sun Yat-sen's Relatives and Descendants” photo exhibit is a gift from the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Cuiheng, Zhongshan.

The same Forum will be held in Honolulu on June 5 at the State Capitol Building Auditorium from 3:00-5:00 pm. The photos Exhibits will be displayed at The State Capitol Building June 4-14. The Honolulu Forum will be sponsored by The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation and supported by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the East West Center, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The Forums and the photo Exhibits are Free Admission and Open to Public.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Dr. Liping Liu, Director of China Programs, University of Hawaii Maui College
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Brian Moto, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Hawaii Maui College
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Dr. Busaba Yip, Wo Hing Museum
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Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawai‘i Foundation
proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of an

Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

together with a Public Forum

“Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawai‘i (孙中山、孙眉与夏威夷)”

 

An exhibit of more than 100 rare photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the Father of Modern China, will make its  first ever appearance in the United States at an exhibit to be held in Honolulu during the month of June.

During his lifetime, Dr. Sun spent more than seven years in Hawai‘i; he has been quoted as having said,“ is is my Hawai‘i . . . 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 formed his first revolutionary society, Xin Zhong Hui, in Hawai‘i, and people in Hawai‘i gave major  financial and moral support for the cause of a modern and democratic China. Dr. Sun’s older brother, Sun Mei, paid for Sun Yat-sen’s education at Iolani School and Oahu College (now Punahou School). He was a member of Dr. Sun’s revolutionary society and gave all of his wealth to the point of bankruptcy to support his brother for the cause.

Location: State Capitol Building (basement)
Dates: Photo Exhibit: June 4–14
             Forum: 3:30–5:30pm, June 5, State Capitol Auditorium

Photo exhibits:
1. “Sun Yat-sen and the United States (孙中山与美国)” —a gi from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou.
2. “Sun Yat-sen’s Relatives and Descendants (孙中山的亲属与后裔)” —a gi from Sun Yat-sen Museum in Cuiheng, Guangdong Province, Dr. Sun’s birth place.

The photo exhibit and forum are free admission and open to the public.

Supporting sponsors are:

• Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
• East-West Center
• Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
• Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

 

Upcoming Events

Photo Exhibit & Forum on “Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the United States
孙中山与美国”

Two Locations:

MAUI - University of Hawaii College, Maui, Hawaii
Campus map http://maui.hawaii.edu/images/uhmc_map_2011.pdf

Photo Exhibit: June 3rd to 14th for one week at the Library
Forum: 2:00-5:00 pm, June 3rd, Lecture Hall in `Ike Le`a Building (New Science Building)

HONOLULU - State Capitol Building
Photo Exhibit: June 4th to 14th for two weeks
Forum: 3:30 - 5:30 pm, June 5th, State Capitol Auditorium

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The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911

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Thank you letter from the Chinese Consulate

 

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Date: 9/8/2011

Grand Chinese Cultural Performance and Rare Photo Exhibit Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Xin Hai Revolution and Chinese Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary in Hawaii

The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911: Great Changes in the Capital – Beijing debuts September 23-30, at Hawaii State Capitol.

China Central National Performing Art Troupe performs September 24 th at Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Honolulu, Hawaii -- Hawaii will host the first-ever viewing in the United States of photographs of historical and cultural significance from China depicting the Xin Hai Revolution and the development of New China at a photo exhibition entitled “The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911: Great Changes in the Capital - Beijing.” The exhibition is free to the public and will run from September 23-30, (Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm) at the Hawaii State Capitol Chamber Level.

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Sun Yat-sen exhibit focuses on Hawaii influence

The founding father of modern China learned about democracy in Hawaii, and used the islands to raise money and support for political efforts that would lead to the overthrow of the Qing imperial government.

Now, Taiwan is using the centennial anniversary of the Republic of China's founding to celebrate Sun Yat-sen's connection to Hawaii. The Taiwanese government is sponsoring a photo exhibit at Honolulu's City Hall this month that underscores the pivotal role the islands played in shaping Sun.

"His early education in Hawaii planted the seeds … for him later to become the father of modern China," said Paul Wen-liang Chang, the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu.

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

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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.

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

Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue in Hawaii

“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.  The dedication of this statue recognizes the sacrifice and support of the people of Hawaii in nurturing the roots of “Modern China” and its Founding Father.
- The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation
November 12, 2007

On November 12,2007 the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park was dedicated in Honolulu, Hawaii commemorating the support and influence that the people of Hawaii had on the life of Dr. Sun.

To Honor of the occasion, the Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation commissioned “A School Boy in Hawaii”, a Bronze statue created by Master Chu Tatshing, depicting Dr. Sun at age thirteen. 

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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 Sun Yat-Sen is the father of modern China," said Warren Luke, chief of Hawai'i National Bank and president of the Sun Yat-Sen Foundation. "But they don't know that he grew up in Hawai'i. Our foundation will show Hawai'i's role in this history of China."

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