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Something I learn from Dr Sun Yat Sen – about thinking April 7, 2010

Posted by @Karen_Fu in design, human quality, real power.
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Finally saw this video to add to the design aspect of the post at : https://daringtochange.wordpress.com/?s=sun+yat+sen&searchbutton=go!

I only want to focus on the last 4 minutes of the video which shows his garment design which is passed down even to this day. I don’t think there are simple tools to just edit it, so I’ve decided to just show the whole original piece of video. Some schools in the world are still wearing this style, signifying his design impact that lasts almost a century. Unfortunately the video is only in Mandarin. But hopefully through the images, and the tone of the voices , audience could have some idea of the historical/social impact of his Zhongsan Suit.

‘Towards A Republic’ was aired at least twice in Singapore with very popular reviews. The last part of the YouTube Video shows Dr Sun’s aspirations for a republic in his specially designed Zhong San suit. He was not only a doctor with an incredibly strategic mind but also a pretty creative designer, whose strategy relied on a wise and smart thinking process quiped with an ardent idealistic rhtetoric for sustainable human living. His ideals for peace translated to a life long struggle that I believed had shorten his life tragically. He ended up dying relatively young at the age of 59 of liver cancer.

The video often sparks these few areas of side thoughts:

  • Designers could be anyone.
  • Tools are self derived; and so are methods, in which no one can teach you original thinking. You have to self derive it yourself.
  • Education does not groom a specific profession but it does offer the thinking tools for one to develop other areas of knowledge and ideas.  The quality of education is vital not the quantity of it. It can be in any form.
  • His efforts for a peaceful society of fairness and happiness seems to linger slow. I believe its dogmatic human nature that hinders such progress. In that respect, I believe we can’t do very much apart from repeating the message and hope it will finally drill the message in.
  • History doesn’t make permanent radical changes to the natually pre-programmed human mentality; though it makes temporary gradual ones that makes people think and change bit by bit….questions how smart we are and it does question how wise we are too. History has proven that people could do all the irrational ways that are both lengthy and costly just to get what they want.

Whatever it is, people generally could identify a kindness out in the blue. The only main problem is to recipocrate it. So it isn’t too bad despite the news we get everyday comprises of mainly the negative more than the positive…. just hoping that we could see a simplified problem that will vanish soon. We don’t need the continuing noise in our short lives. But we do need to recognise that we are all living under the same roof of the same ozone layer and the same global human climate in general.

Before I end this note, I am putting in another YouTube Video of a song that is dedicated in memory of him: 国父纪念歌  (via TuDou.com)

Whilst his unique suit design constantly reminds not only to people of Chinese descent but also to the world as a history lesson:We must contribute in our modest ways. They needn’t be loud and prominant.But earnest everyday positive notes of kindness that spreads from one to another. Not out of jealousy and resent, hypocrisy and disdain. While he sacrificed his life to saving the Chinese citizens, the people gave him a song in return and a lasting remembrance of his life in fight for better status/life quality of the Chinese people. I dedicate the following mandarin song from this Dr Sun Yat Sen Academic Research Site to those who may like it in one form from the other.  I will translate as closely to the original Chinese format in the Chinese culture:


Our Nation’s Father (of China), (who) started the revolution, (whose) revolutionist blood like (blossoming) flower, overturning the feudal era, setting up the Republic, forming the Peoples’ Republic of China


Formation of the new republic, lots of remaining national issues, Father (of  China) carefully plans, the revamp of revolutionialized China.


The Three Principles of the people , Five Powers of Constitution/ Charter, (Which) real meanings need to be finely attained, lifelong’s tediousness, half a life of nomadic life, sacrifice for the sake of the country’s survival


The spirit of the nation’s father, always live forever, like the ‘clear skies white days’, living perpetually


Livlihood of commoners falling, nation’s steps (becoming) difficult; don’t disperse the unity, deminished the detemined minds, everyone must encourage one another (to propel forward)


Nation’s father’s last words, do not forget, revolutionary ideals are still unsuccessful, commrades must still fight on.

Here I present the Mandarin song below :

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Quick bedtime post on History – Mao & Sun – how history has judged them? April 6, 2010

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, China, Chinese New Year.
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Recently during the Chinese New Year Celebrations, I asked a promotor at the Mao Zedong exhibition at Vivo city why Mao’s photo was placed at Tian An Men Square instead of Dr Sun’s. I asked out of curiosity as I have been always wondering why Mao was worshiped in Tian An Men Square for decades in place of Dr Sun. Both were great men doing the same aim albeit different styles.  Till now, I am still remained puzzled by the replies to my ardent questioning. Mao was a staunch defendent of China. One could effectively claim that during his reign, no foreign dignitaries could walk over his China’s interest. It would be also perfectly correct to say he used his life to defend every Chinese in China. What  was a dire mistake was his Cultural revolution in the 60s which had caused a lot of suffering. Perhaps history has viewed him as largely as a hero since he liberated the lives of peasants and ostracized the wealthy who exploited the former. No class of politics is perfect in alleviating the poverty and the pain of certain groups of people. Neither can we look forward to perfect men/women either.  Everyone has mistakes, even historically great leaders. The only difference would be the extent of the mistake. Circumstances change peoples’ character and their deeds and actions. What may be forgivable  is that one’s character should be measured during different times and circumstances. Mao, in essence formed the People’s Republic of China.

Dr Sun has its own criticisms as well. Some people feel that he was merely portrayed as a larger than life figure. It depends on how you see him. He was a doctor, an activist and someone who doesn’t appear to believe in a lot in power. He surrendered his presidency to Yuan Shikai whom he later overthrew for corruption and revival of the previous feudal era.I’ve gone to Singapore’s Wanqingyuan twice: once before it was closed for renovation and the 2nd time recently. Not happy with the quality of the exhibits on the 2nd visit. Plenty were moved out of the villa. What I see is the Dr Sun also sacrificed lives to achieve revolutionary aims. It could also be seen as inevitable. However, at the base level, he does move crowds to overcome the Qing dynasty. If it were not for him, the Chinese would still be either wearing pigtails & females be having warped feet…

Both men marked great changes. Who is to decide who is the great leader forward? If I leave you the reader to decide. Whom would you pick?

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Mid Night thoughts: ‘Not just Any Change’. March 21, 2009

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Every time I see someone just taking off something (doesn’t matter whatever that is) without the thought of giving back or at least say a simple thank you to a simple act of kindness, I would wonder if we are ever going to make genuine real changes to keep our living habitat under the common stratosphere well. It is not exactly a simple matter because whatever we do on a nominal basis actually reflects our true personality: if you cannot give, cannot treat people sincerely, cannot keep your eyes off materialism all the time; how could people believe that the world would be a better place for tomorrow ?  So we do not need just any change, we ought to add in a strong adjective to the noun ‘Change’ and these are the words ‘real and positive’. We need positive changes that will sink into people’s minds to make a 180 degree turn from our usual human flaw-hypocrisy, greed and selfishness. I am learning that bit by bit, step by step and I hope I am getting there. I also believe this is crucial for any society if it were to remain relevant and to survive. It is especially true in such challenging times where almost every peace is close to being threatened. Why do I say that ? If I have observed correctly, I suspect there may be a growth on a cold war between peoples. The poor global economy is going to be true test to a lot of people about their values. It is probably going to make plenty more people question about materialism and the age old consumerism at best, as in the recent news on Pope Benedict tbe XVI who had recently condemned on the ills of materialism.

But I do hope that this worry of peoples breaking apart is unfounded or at least be minimized. However if we based on history, such cold wars are not uncommon. And jealousy, selfishness and greed have always been the ones that spur deceit, betrayal and  onwards to unwanted negative impact. Though we cannot totally eradicate such natural human flaws for good, I believe we could avoid them and turn them to positive energies where we could even influenced the hatred into generosity and magnanimity. That has to come from us ourselves first. If we cannot save some bits, trust some more bits, give extra bits to people, then the notion of being good et cetra would all go down to the drain.  This is exactly the kind of energy that is the true force which could put terrorism, poverty and unhappiness et cetra to an ultimate end. We need to first obey the laws ourselves before we could teach the same thing off too. It has to be *real*.

At this moment, the two critical Chinese characters 博爱 ‘bó àì’ (Universal compassion and love) comes to mind. These were the two characters which Dr Sun Yat Sen had written famously to his followers and to his people. He changed the way Chinese think. He changed the lives of the entire race and he transformed the entire Chinese history.