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The House of Doors

by Tan Twan Eng

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Sun Yat-sen

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Sun Yat-sen In the novel The House of Doors, Lesley Hamlyn volunteers as a translator for Sun Yat-sen's political movement in Penang, Malaysia. Sun Yat-sen is one of the foremost figures in Chinese political history. By leading China from an empire to a republic, he also became an important inspiration to other independence movements of twentieth-century Asia. Sun is often regarded as the father of modern China.

Sun Yat-sen was born in 1866 to a family living in a rural village in the southern province of Guandong. At age 10, he and his mother moved to the island of Maui, in Hawai'i, where his elder brother ran a successful farm. Sun took a great interest in the culture and ideas he encountered and absorbed at the local missionary school. This led to his conversion to Christianity. In 1886, Sun enrolled in a missionary-run college of Western medicine in Guangzhou, the great metropolitan hub of southern China. He graduated from the College of Medicine for Chinese in Hong Kong in 1892.

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