Sunday, November 6, 2011

Books on Sun Yat-Sen


Here are several titles on the links between Sun Yat-Sen and Southeast Asia:

Sun Yat-Sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution edited by Lee Lai To and Lee Hock Guan. In view of the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution and Sun Yat-sen's relations with the Nanyang communities, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and the Chinese Heritage Centre came together to host a two-day bilingual conference on the three-way relationships between Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution in October 2010 in Singapore. This volume is a collection of papers in English presented at the conference. While there are extensive research and voluminous publications on Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution, it was felt that less had been done on the Southeast Asian connections. Thus this volume tries to chip in some original and at times provocative analysis on not only Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution but also contributions from selected Southeast Asian countries.

Sun Yat Sen in Penang by Khoo Salma Nasution. Archival photographs and records enhance this account of the legacy and contacts in Penang of Dr Sun Yat Sen (1866-1925). When Dr Sun was banned from Japan he focused his efforts on gaining support from the Overseas Chinese for the revolutionary movement. His headquarters became 120 Armenian Street, Penang now conserved. The Sun family lived in Penang 1910-1912 and his impact and legacy in Penang is shown in many of the educational and other buildings illustrated. With sketch map, bibliography, chronology and index.

Tongmenghui, Sun Yat Sen And The Chinese In Southeast Asia: A Revisit edited by Leo Suryadinata. These papers were given at the June 2006 international seminar by which the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Villa and the Chinese Heritage Centre celebrated the centenary of the establishment of the Singapore branch of the Zhongguo Tongmenghui (Revolutionary League of China). After introductory speeches in Chinese, two papers in Chinese discuss the revolutionary ideas of Sun Yet Sen and of the League, and on Sun's political ideology. The five papers in English overview available writings on the period, and then make new assessments of the Sun Yat Sen/League/Chinese populace interactions in Singapore, in Malaya, in Indonesia and in the Philippines, followed by a Select Bibliography in Chinese and English. With black-and-white photographs.

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