Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dr Sun Yat-Sen


Dr Sun Yat-Sen, known as the father of modern China, was instrumental in the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty and was the 1st provisional president of the Republic of China. Dr Sun Yat-Sen had visited Toronto about 100 years ago to raise funds for the revolution. In 1983 a sculpture competition was held and Canadian artist Joe Rosenthal was awarded the commission to produce this striking bronze sculpture. The sculpture is along Broadview Ave in Riverdale Park near one of our China Towns and every morning you see people around it doing Tai Chi.

9 comments:

EG Wow said...

Cool information about Dr. Sun Yat-sen! I didn't realize he'd visited Toronto.

Kay L. Davies said...

I can well imagine the groups of people doing Tai Chi early in the morning.
Nobody is perfect, of course, but we seldom hear Canadians saying anything against Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, do we?
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jack said...

The thought of exercising Canadians doing Tai Chi before Sun Yat-Sen is pretty cool.

Paul said...

I knew very little about him, amazing feat when he had spent so long out of the country. Neat idea doing Tai Chi here. Paul at Leeds photos

Randy said...

Very interesting.

Regina K said...

Fun to have a place to exercise with inspiration.

LĂșcia said...

I've learnt so many interesting things here, love the way you tell us about your photos. ;-)
Have a good week!

Francisca said...

My husband was born in the same county of Zhongsan as Sun Yatsen and I know a fair bit of Chinese history... but I didn't know Sun had been to Toronto for fundraising. Cool.

La Principessa Errante said...

The man certainly got around. Fun to see the different artists interpretations.