February 16, 2012 (REVISED March 8, 2012) Library Display on Sun Yat-sen's Life and Legacy Marks Centennial of the Republic of China
Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Drawn from the collections of the Library’s Asian Division, a display titled “Sun Yat-sen, 1866 – 1925” will be on view 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 10-16 in Room 150 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The display, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Asian Division’s China Team.
The display will focus on Sun Yat-sen, who led the 1911 revolution to overthrow the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty and is considered one of the founders of modern China. More than 30 books—some with photographs—will be on view, along with a rare Chinese newspaper and a reprint of his own calligraphy.
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The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library's Asian collection of more than 3 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside of Asia. For more information about the division and its holdings, go to www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.