A bronze statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen unveiled on 2 May at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) commemorates the contributions of the founding father of modern China.
Donated by Dr Lily Sun Sui-fong, the grand-daughter of Dr Sun Yat-sen and the President of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education, US, the statue is located on the lawn in the student residence.
Dr Lily Sun and Professor Way Kuo, University President, officiated at the unveiling ceremony. Other guests included Dr Patrick Tse Kwing-chuen, Secretary of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education, Mr Stephen Chan Chit-kwai, JP, a councilor representing the Central and Western District Council, and representatives from CityU: Professor Arthur Ellis, Provost, Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, Vice-President (Administration), Professor Lu Jian, Vice-President (Research and Technology), Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs) and Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Chief-of-Staff.
In his welcome remarks, Professor Kuo thanked Dr Lily Sun for donating the statue to CityU and coming all the way from the US to Hong Kong for the unveiling ceremony.
“Dr Sun Yat-sen was a great politician. He devoted his life to establishing a new China and spurring its development. The noble character and self-less spirit of Dr Sun Yat-sen are a model for young people these days,” Professor Kuo said.
In her speech, Dr Lily Sun talked about the life story of Dr Sun Yat-sen and his connection to Hong Kong. She said we should proceed on the basis of this altruistic spirit to bring about a global commonwealth and establish a better world for the next generation.
The statue, which comprises a bust of Dr Sun Yat-sen and a pedestal, has an approximate total height of 2.3 metres. Engraved on the pedestal of the bronze sculpture are the four Chinese characters “天下為公”, which translates literally as “The World for All”, underscoring the point that we are all equal in our rights regardless of our different backgrounds.