Thursday, October 12, 2006

Visiting Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's old house ...

I am now in ACK Cyber Convention Center in Shenzhen after spending a day to tour the fishing village-turned-metropolitan city. My friend has just told me that we are going to visit an old house of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen tomorrow. Guangdong enjoys the honour in the modern history of China as Dr. Sun's safest and most trustworthy base of the 1911 Revolution as well as the subsequent armed struggles against feudal remnants and the warlords.

Despite his untimely death in 1925 and unfinished struggle that left China continued to be the 'Sick Man of East Asia' for the next 24 years, the 1911 Revolution inspired by him had set in motion a revolutionary process of far-reaching implications not only in politics but also culture, lifestyles, philosophy of life, worldview and mentality among the Chinese.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen is therefore rightly respected as the Father of Modern China and his struggle for a unified, independent and sovereign country with a sense of self-worth and self-respect was completed with establishment of the People's Republic of China or New China in 1949.


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