142th Anniversary of the Birth of Sun Yat-sen

Today, November 12th, is the 142th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen.

Sun Yat-sen (November 12, 1866 – March 12, 1925), also known as Sun Yixian, (originally Sun Wen) was a Chinese revolutionary and political leader often referred to as the Father of Modern China. Sun played an instrumental role in the eventual collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. He was the first provisional president when the Republic of China (ROC) was founded in 1912 and later co-founded the Kuomintang (KMT) where he served as its first leader. Sun was a uniting figure in post-Imperial China, and remains unique among 20th-century Chinese politicians for being widely revered in both Mainland China and Taiwan.

Although Sun is considered one of the greatest leaders of modern China, his political life was one of constant struggle and frequent exile. After the success of the revolution, he quickly fell out of power in the newly-founded Republic of China, and led successive revolutionary governments as a challenge to the warlords who controlled much of the nation. Sun did not live to see his party consolidate its power over the country. His party, which formed a fragile alliance with the Communists, split into two factions after his death. Sun’s chief legacy resides in his developing a political philosophy known as the Three Principles of the People (The People’s Relation/Connection, The People’s Power, and the People’s Livelihood/Welfare, or sometimes known as nationalism, democracy/sovereignty, and socialism/livelihood depending on the translation).

From: wikipedia.com

Nov 12th, 2008 | Posted in English learning, Information
  1. pink
    Nov 13th, 2008 at 12:25 | #1

    if Sun still was alive,he would be in a temper about the present situation in Taiwan.

  2. pink
    Nov 13th, 2008 at 12:28 | #2

    haha,this image is more cute than before~i like it

  3. Nov 13th, 2008 at 17:25 | #3

    yep.Chen Shui-bian is so ludicrous. He is a joker.

  4. galacy
    Nov 14th, 2008 at 13:13 | #4

    well, why do you remember Sun’s birthday? Dose this day mean sth to you?

  5. Nov 19th, 2008 at 22:45 | #5

    My old generation~

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