Sun Yat Sen


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  • Sun Yat Sen was a very important figure to the Chinese society around the turn of the 18th century. He helped China rise out of foreign rule, and gain independence as a Republic.
  • He learned to speak English at young age. His education of English, and the western culture would prove to be very useful to him later in his life.
  • At a young age, Sun Yat Sen was already thinking radical ideas. In 1883, Sun Yat Sen attacked the local temple deity in protest of Chinese tradition.
  • In 1895 Sun Yat Sen went to Hawaii and then England looking for support for his Revive China group centered in Honolulu.
  • His attempt was unsuccessful. Authorities found out about his plans, and he was arrested by the Chinese Embassy in England. He was jailed for a short time, charged with being a revolutionary leader
  • So France proposed the idea Sun Yat Sen could use the land in Tonkin, and in return he would start a series of uprisings across the southern border which France hoped would ignite a Revolution. Sun Yat Sen agreed with this because he wanted to get the foreign rule out of China at all costs
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