Sun Rise

Interesting, and some of this was new to me:

  • He really was born in the 60s, though not in the year indicated by the Hawaiian birth certificate.
  • His time in Asia formed an important part of his mindset.
  • But his time back in school in Hawaii led to the inarticulate young future leader receiving a prize for his English speaking ability.
  • The birth certificate was arranged for years later, but Hawaii was only happy to oblige.
  • He needed to show US birth in order to accomplish his political purposes in the States.
  • His worldwide travels as a youth led to him adopting a revolutionary mindset.
  • His first community organizing was not in the US, as it turns out. Not in the country of his birth.
  • That “revolution” made him famous, and propelled him to popular national leadership.
  • He had an odd notion of the role of constitutions; one that put him at odds with others: “A constitution is the machinery of control.”
  • Nevertheless, though he could not stay popular long once he took office, his skills as a national figurehead impressed the world.
  • On that birth certificate: No one had been able to uncover the deception, until he admitted it himself.
  • For, of course, he really wasn’t born in Hawaii.

His denouncing of the birth certificate shocked populations on every continent.  He was born in Guangdong Province, China in 1866, and his name was Sun Yat Sen.

Racism, Asia, and the Hawaiian Birth Certificate

As touched on in the article on the World War II internments, the unions, the progressive movements, and Hollywood institutionalized American racism, much as the fishing issues did in Canada. Progressive, union-heavy California passed the Alien Land Exclusion Act in 1913 (and expended it in 1920) which said that people of Asian descent could never be citizens and could never own property. (They were allowed to lease property, but for a maximum of three years.)

This New York Times article from 1913 (a PDF file) quotes a Japanese diplomat at length, and he gives interesting tidbits about the relationships of Japan, the United States, and China in 1913. The Japanese consul refers to “the new China republic” — and it had just been formed the year before, by Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionaries. To show the somewhat international nature of that movement, Sun Yat Sen (who had a couple of years previously been sitting in a British jail) formed his revolutionary group in Japan, and of course there was the whole business noted above: Here is Sun Yat Sen’s official US birth certificate. He eventually admitted that the birth certificate provided by the US Territory of Hawaii was false. But he wouldn’t have been able to do what he did in the US, raising support for his eventual takeover of China and converting it from a dynasty to a constitutional republic, without this deception.

Sun Yat Sen is a fascinating individual. He’s very highly regarded now, despite losing some power struggles at the time. Cancer took him at a relatively young age, and his lieutenant Chiang Kai-Shek fought hard to defend China from its eventual takeover by the Communists. To this day, Kai-Shek’s successors insist that the Communist takeover was illegitimate, and that the real China is still headed up from the island of Taiwan. Or, more properly, Taiwan, Republic of China.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle