In conjunction with the Taipei charity premiere at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in July 2010, two related exhibitions were held concurrently – the Malaysian Cultural Exhibition and the Penang Conference 100 Years Historical Gallery.
These exhibitions were co-organised by Sun Yat-sen Penang Base, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Tourism Malaysia, and Pinang Peranakan Museum.
The Malaysian Cultural Exhibition spotlighted Malaysia’s beautiful scenery and multicultural society, particularly its unique Peranakan culture. Promotion packages, books and artworks were presented to local citizens and tourists alike. The exhibition was the first event conducted by the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (the defacto Malaysian embassy in Taiwan) in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall – a venue which in 2009 was visited by 4.8 million tourists from mainland China.
The Penang Conference 100 Years Historical Gallery aimed to spark interest and curiosity in the public about Sun Yat-sen’s activities and associates in Penang.
Sun Yat-sen Penang Base (now Sun Yat Sen Museum Penang) provided the exhibition with historical photos of the events and personalities surrounding Dr Sun’s stint in Penang. The gallery also exhibited Sun Yat-sen’s letters from a century ago (dated 19-24 July 1910), pages from Kwong Wah Jit Poh (the world’s first Chinese-language daily) published at 120 Armenian St, and Guang Ming Daily’s special report on the filming of Road to Dawn. The historical photos are now part of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall archive, where it will hopefully assist future studies on the topic of Sun Yat-sen in Penang.
The Pinang Peranakan Museum also exhibited Nyonya costumes worn by actresses Lee Sin Chet and Vickey Liu in Road to Dawn.
The exhibition was originally planned for only 23-25 July, but public response was so outstanding that the Memorial Hall extended the exhibition into early August.