The Maui Historical Society and Hale Ho‘ike‘ike at Bailey House Museum will host Dr. Busaba Yip, Wo Hing Museum Cultural Director, for a talk on The Life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, His Family and Connection to Maui, including his influence on Maui’s Chinese families. Leola Muromoto will be joining Dr. Yip on Monday, October 10 from 5:30 to 7 pm in Wailuku.
Sun Yat-sen was born November 12, 1866. He is best known for his activities as a Chinese revolutionary, becoming the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” and the “forerunner of democratic revolution” in the People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty during the years leading up to the Double Ten Revolution. He was appointed to serve as Provisional President of the Republic of China when it was founded in 1912. He later co-founded the Kuomintang, serving as the party’s first leader. He remains unique among 20th-century Chinese politicians for being widely revered among the people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Although Sun is considered to be one of the greatest leaders of modern China, his political life was one of constant struggle and frequent exile, often on Maui where his elder brother, Sun Mei, resided as a business owner. His party, which formed a fragile alliance with the Communists, split into two factions after his death in 1925. Dr. Sun’s primary legacy resides in his political philosophy known as the Three Principles of the People: nationalism, equality and livelihood — the cornerstones of peace, unification and growth for China and the world.
Bailey House Museum is located at 2375-A Main Street in Wailuku. Tea and light refreshments will be served during the presentation. For more information or directions, call 808-244-3326.