In Class 2.1

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Sun-Yat Sen Sculptures
Sun-Yat Sen

Born Sun Deming (1866 – 1925) Sun-Yat Sen was a Chinese statesman, physician, and political philosopher, who served as the provisional first president of the Republic of China and the first leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China). He is called the “Father of the Nation” in the Republic of China, and the “Forerunner of the Revolution” in the People’s Republic of China for his instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty during the Xinhai Revolution. Sun is unique among 20th-century Chinese leaders for being widely revered in both mainland China and Taiwan.

Some Sun-Yat Sen Memorials around the world

  • in Guangzhou, China: link
  • in Taipei, Taiwan: link;
    • also in Taipei, radicals topple statue: link
  • in Honolulu, Hawaii: link
  • in San Francisco, California; link
  • in Toronto, Canada: link
  • in New York City: link

Choose a sculpture to read up on, then come back prepared to talk about why Sun-Yat Sen is in that location and what his figure means to the people there.

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