Penang Conference international commemoration 2010
In 2010, Penang welcomed 30 museums and 29 members of Sun clan for the commemoration of the 1910 “Penang Conference”.
In 1910, Dr. Sun Yat Sen convened a gathering of his Nanyang supporters in Penang to plan the Huanghuagang Uprising, a key event which led to the China Revolution of 1911. The ‘Penang Conference’ is an important historical event recorded in the history textbooks of China. It also symbolizes the strong support provided to Sun Yat Sen by his Nanyang followers. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ‘Penang Conference’, the Sun Yat Sen Museum was extremely honoured to host the 22nd Joint Conference of the Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials, held for the first time outside of China. The commemoration activities started in July 2010 and lasted until March 2011.
These International Centennial Celebrations were jointly organised by 13 Malaysian organisations, and the Joint Conference was participated by 30 Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials. The occasion was also a family reunion for 29 direct descendants of Sun Yat Sen and his brother Sun Mei.
Events July 2010-May 2011
12 November 2010 Launch of the exhibition on ‘Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling: Their Lives and Legacies’ by YB Wong Hon Wai, at the new Penang State Museum premises (former Maternity Hospital), Macalister Road, Penang
12 November 2010 to 17 February 2011 at 57 Macalister Road Exhibition on ‘Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling: Their Lives and Legacies’ at the new Penang State Museum premises (former Maternity Hospital), Macalister Road, Penang. The exhibition, a key event of the International Centennial Celebrations in Penang, was organised by Min Sin Seah and supported by the Penang State Museum. Penang Heritage Trust was instrumental in the development of the exhibition content.
19-21 November 2010 at Bayview Georgetown Hotel The 22nd Joint Conference of the Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials in conjunction with the International Centennial Celebrations of Sun Yat Sen’s 1910 ‘Penang Conference’. This event was participated by 30 museums and memorials from China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines, as well as 29 direct descendants of Dr. Sun Yat Sen and his brother Sun Mei.
20 November 2010 morning at Bayview Georgetown Hotel The Grand Launch of the 22nd Joint Conference was officiated on behalf of the Prime Minister of Malaysia by his political secretary Dr. Oh Ei Sun. Speeches were given by Su Qiang, Deputy of China Mission, the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, Leland Sun, doyen of the Sun clan, Dr. Chen Nai Wen, the director of National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Taipei, Khoo Salma, president of Penang Heritage Trust, and Lim Gaik Siang, project director, Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail.
The launch was followed by the Inaugural Penang Story Lecture by the illustrious Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University Professor, National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University. In his lecture “Sino-Western Penang Responses”, Wang Gungwu looked at the early phases of Penang’s globalization, through the encounters of personalities such Dr. Sun Yat Sen and Ku Hung-ming. The launch and lecture were organised by the Joint Committee of the International Centennial Celebrations and supported by Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
20 November 2010 afternoon Launch of Penang Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail, George Town World Heritage Site at the Sun Yat Sen Museum, 120 Armenian Street, by Prof Wang Gungwu, witnessed by Dato’ Anwar Fazal, Tan Sri Dato’ Azman bin Hj. Mokhtar, Khoo Salma Nasution, project chairman and lead researcher Lim Gaik Siang, Hamdan Majeed, Laurence Loh. The heritage trail was developed by the Penang Heritage Trust, and supported by Think City Sdn Bhd. Delegates’ tour led by Hong Kong celebrity Petrina Fung Bo Bo, inaugurating the Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail, tracing the footsteps of Dr. Sun and his followers, and then touring the exhibition at the Penang Museum (Maternity Hospital premises).
Launch of Penang Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail at the Sun Yat Sen Museum, 120 Armenian Street, by Prof Wang Gungwu, witnessed by Dato’ Anwar Fazal, Tan Sri Dato’ Azman bin Hj. Mokhtar, Khoo Salma Nasution, project chairman and lead researcher Lim Gaik Siang, Hamdan Majeed, Laurence Loh.
21 November 2010 International Symposium on Sun Yat Sen, Soong Ching Ling and Southeast Asia at Wawasan Open University. This symposium was launched by Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. It brought together 15-20 scholars. One focus was the 1910 ‘Penang Conference’, and its significance in the history of China. It was chaired by Clement Liang and co-organised by Wawasan Open University.
6 May 2011 Launch of the exhibition ‘Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Conference: A Centennial Commemoration’, officiated by Ms. Tan Siok Choo, Director of OCBC Bank, at the Kongsoon House, 24 Lebuh Pantai, Penang.
6-31 May 2011 Exhibition on ‘Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Conference: A Centennial Commemoration’. This exhibition was organised by the Penang Heritage Trust, sponsored by OCBC Bank Berhad, supported by Penang Min Sin Seah, and Sun Yat Sen Museum. It is part of the International Memorials Exhibition ‘Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling – Their Lives and Legacies’, organised by Min Sin Seah in conjunction with the 22nd Joint Conference of the Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials, hosted by the Sun Yat Sen Penang Base in November 2010. For speeches, click here…..
The objectives of the International Centennial Celebrations of Sun Yat Sen’s “Penang Conference” were as follows:
To organize a collective commemoration through community and international networking towards staging a grand launch, academic symposium, exhibition, cultural performances, study tours, dinners, movie screening and other events. The 22nd Joint Conference of the Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials will make this a truly international event. These historical celebrations will attract international researchers, schools, media and cultural tourists to Penang.
To re-establish the significance of Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Conference in the history of China and Southeast Asia. This includes educating Malaysians about the contribution of the people of Malaya in supporting the China Revolution and the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. The founding of modern China became the inspiration for nationalist movement in Asia. Through this conference, we hope to re-establish the ‘Penang Conference’ in history textbooks locally and internationally.
To conserve and promote Penang’s heritage and cultural resources related to Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Conference. This includes conserving the sites and buildings related to Sun Yat Sen and his supporters in Penang, building up archives and collections from local and international sources and establishing a Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail in Penang.
Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials Worldwide
Since 2005, the Sun Yat Sen Penang Base has participated in the annual Joint Conference of Sun Yat Sen and Soong Ching Ling Memorials. Represented by Ms. Goh Mai Loon, the Sun Yat Sen Penang Base has had the unique privilege of becoming the first Malaysian participant of the Joint Conference. More on the worldwide memorials can be viewed here.