US-China Peoples Friendship Association and Confucius Institute U.S. Center jointly celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth
US-China Peoples Friendship Association and Confucius Institute U.S. Center jointly celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth
On November 12th, the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USCPFA) and the Confucius Institute U.S. Center jointly held a “birthday celebration” in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Sun Yat-sen, the great national hero of China and forerunner of China’s revolution. Samuel Tinsing Mok with Mo Tiancheng as his Chinese name, who once served as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor, attended the event and delivered a keynote speech.
Recently, the overseas Chinese Academic community and the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. have hosted a variety of events commemorating the 150th birthday of Sun Yat-sen. Dozens of overseas Chinese and foreign friends gathered together to honor this great national hero on November 12th, Sun’s birthday.
USCPFA President Diana Greer and Director of Confucius Institute U.S. Center Gao Qing delivered their speeches, respectively. They gave a briefing of their institutions and the life of Mr. Sun Yat-sen.
In Samuel Tinsing Mok’s keynote speech, he hailed Mr. Sun Yat-sen as a pioneer in democracy, a national hero and patriot in modern and contemporary history of China and spoke highly of the ongoing cause of revolution initiated by Sun. Sun, leaving his wealthy family in his youth, devoted himself to the revolutionary cause to save China from western powers and strived for the well-being of Chinese people in his lifetime. His achievements are honored by people from both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Samuel Tinsing Mok linked Confucianism and revolutionary ideas of Sun Yat-sen to such values as love, peace, justice and harmony that contemporary China advocated. He also pointed out that the China-proposed “Belt and Road” Initiative and other programs at present were consistent with what Sun had said—“to shoulder great responsibility for the world.” He also particularly stressed that after having studied, lived, conducted activities and raised funds for many years in the United States, Sun Yat-sen integrated American and Chinese cultures, politics and values. Sun serves as a role model and offers encouragement to overseas Chinese nowadays, which is, they should strive for forging China’s future and play an irreplaceable role in expanding understanding and friendship between the United States and China as well as facilitating the peaceful development of the two countries.
A birthday cake decorated with a photo of Sun Yat-sen (Photo by Xu Yifan/The China Press)
The celebration also kicked off the Photo Exhibition of Sun Yat-sen’s Life, which was jointly held by USCPFA and the Confucius Institute U.S. Center. According to the organizers, dozens of photos from the museum in Sun’s hometown will be exhibited at the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in downtown Washington D.C. until March 2017.
At the celebration, the attendees watched a television documentary on Sun Yat-sen’s life in the United States. The guests and audience jointly cut the ribbon for the photo exhibition and shared a birthday cake decorated with a photo of Sun Yat-sen.
by Xu Yifan
WASHINGTON D.C., November 12th (uschinapress.com)