Sun Yat-sen

By: Claudia Daggett

Dec 12 2011

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Category: Taiwan

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Mon., 12/12/11, 11:30 AM China Standard Time

On my final full day in Taipei yesterday, I visited Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. I found the architecture impressive, particularly the building’s large sweeping roof, but was especially drawn to the gardens and to this sculpture in particular.

Some context and a quick history lesson from someone still learning:

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall is a tribute to the man revered as “the father of the nation” in both mainland China and Taiwan. Founder of China’s Nationalist Party, Kuomintang (KMT), Sun Yat-Sen is credited with China’s transition from imperial rule in 1911.

In this transition, Imperial China became the Republic of China. Thirty-some years later, in 1945, the island of Taiwan became a part of the Republic of China. Not long after, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek, the KMT moved from the mainland, and Taiwan and neighboring islands became the sole venue of the Republic of China (ROC). Another thirty years passed, and, in the 1970’s, the ROC, on Taiwan, began its shift from authoritarian rule to democracy.


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