Remembering Dr. Sun Yat-sen

I was first introduced to Sun Zhongshan, as he is affectionately known in China…. Dr Sun Yat-sen… Here in Nanjing this grand memorial stretches up the mountainside… he is credited with the overthrow of the last emperor of China in 1911, and the installation of the first democratic republic in all of Asia.

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Unexpected Hometowns

I’m in Toronto on a ferry to “The Islands,” when I see a young Chinese student with her backpack…. Hometown is Rizhao, Shandong…. My new friend in this case has left a small city which, just 20 years ago, was a non-descript fishing village on the east coast of China.

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