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SUN YAT SEN IN PENANG By Khoo Salma Nasution: Areca Books 2008

‘You can help shoulder the responsibility of saving our country by donating your money, while our comrades in our country are sacrificing their lives.’ – Dr. Sun Yat Sen in Penang, 1910

As a young revolutionary, Dr. Sun Yat Sen travelled widely and lived amongst the Chinese communities abroad, including Japan, North America and Southeast Asia. He mobilized the overseas Chinese with the dream of saving the Chinese nation.

This book tells the story of how the Second Guangzhou Uprising, a turning point of the 1911 Chinese Revolution, was planned from a place 2,400 km away – in Penang in present-day Malaysia.

To read the book review by Ooi Kee Beng, click here.



The book was launched by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN on 18 July 2008, at The Grand Ballroom of Equatorial Hotel, as part of Welcoming Dinner hosted by Tourism Malaysia for the delegates of the Symposium ‘The Evolution of Southeast Asian Communities’.


The Symposium was held on 18-20 July in Penang, Malaysia, organised by the Penang Chinese Clan Council (Malaysia) and the Clan Associations Youth Committee, Penang.