A hundred statues to remember Sun Yat-sen

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am


Dr Sun Yat-sen's granddaughter is doing her best to keep her ancestor's revolutionary spirit alive. She aims to donate 100 statues of the father of modern China - and yesterday gave away the 73rd bronze likeness to the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Dr Lily Sun Sui-fong, president of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education, also gave a talk about her grandfather's guiding principles. She said Hong Kong schools are not teaching students enough about Sun's 'Three People's Principles' - government of the people, by the people, and for the people. She hopes every statue she donates will remind young people of the values of peace, dignity and filial piety - the foundations of modern China.

'Dr Sun's ideology is rooted in Confucius; these are values that are not from the West but belong to our very own Chinese culture,' she said.

Sun, 76, was joined at yesterday's unveiling ceremony by her two sons and professors from the Institute of Education, Sun Yat-sen University in Zhongshan and Taipei's National Taiwan University.

Sun praised Taiwan for developing along lines closest to the Three People's Principles: 'They have done well in social welfare, health care and elderly services. The older generation is familiar with the Three People's Principles, but they should still do more to educate the youth.'

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sun's revolution, and to celebrate that milestone the foundation set out to donate 100 of the 1.9-metre bronze statues beginning in March last year.

Each is engraved with four Chinese characters that encapsulate Sun's ideology - 'the world is for all' - and shows Sun holding a book inscribed with the words 'Three People's Principles'.

Yesterday, Sun sprinkled water on the statue and whispered a prayer in a ceremony inviting her grandfather's spirit to the campus.

Her youngest son, Charles Wong Tsu-yew, said: 'Today's China is still following Sun's modernisation revolution, but the Chinese government doesn't give any credit to Dr Sun.

'They claim it as their own achievement. They say the birth of China was on October 1, 1949, [the establishment of the People's Republic of China], but what about the 1911 revolution? The problem is that between 1911 and 1949, there are 38 years of history that are in danger of being eliminated.'