Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy
A Photo Exhibit at Syracuse City Hall Commons Atrium
From June18 to 22, 2012, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY) will be holding a photo exhibit featuring Sun Yat-sen in the Syracuse City Hall Commons Atrium (201 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202). The Exhibit, titled “Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy,” presents rare images and stories from the life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a great revolutionary leader in modern East Asian history and the founding father of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The founder and president of the first democratic republic in Asia, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a revolutionary statesman who struggled for many years towards his dream of building a democracy that could bring lasting stability and prosperity to the Chinese people. Born in China in 1866, Dr. Sun was educated in the US from age 12 to 18. During his life, he returned to the US many times to promote his revolutionary ideals and was heavily influenced by his observations and studies of democracy. His experiences in the US had a profound bearing on his pursuit of founding a republic based on his Three Principles of the People: nationalism, democracy, and the people’s well-being. Sun’s Revive China Society, which he founded in Hawaii, was China’s first revolutionary political party. It later became the Kuomintang (the Nationalist Party or the KMT), the current ruling party in Taiwan.
This photo exhibition is free and open to the public during the City Hall’s office hours. On June 18th, there will be a small opening reception. Ambassador Andrew Kao, Mayor Stephanie A. Miner and members of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Upstate New York will be in attendance to commemorate this cooperative effort.
Taiwan and Syracuse have enjoyed a close relationship, and have worked on promoting cultural, educational, and economic exchange. We hope to continue to enhance this already rich relationship by organizing cultural events and reaching out to local communities in Syracuse.