“An individual should not have too much freedom. A nation should have absolute freedom.”
– Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1866 – 1925)
He is referred to as the father of modern China. If there were no Sun Yat-Sen and his revolution, there would be no modern China as it is becoming today.
While attending a Christian school in Hawaii, he converted to Christianity, which may have shaped his revolutionary future. It was obvious that his writing was influenced by American thought. With the support he received from the Hawaiian Chinese community, he networked with Chinese people all over the world.
He went on to publish revolutionary ideas seeking to overthrow the Manchu Dynasty and create a democratic China. In 1904, he wrote that he wanted to model China’s government after America but by combining Western thought with Chinese tradition.
Yet, he was considered an idealistic dreamer – that his ideas were impractical.
He said, “The whole world is one family.” (1910)
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the lusty love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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