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Founding Father Sun Yat-sen named Sun Zhong-shan or Sun Wen was born in an ordinary peasants family in Cuiheng Village on November 12 1866when he was ten years old Sun Yat-sen attended an oldstyle private school in Cuiheng Village At the age of twelve he went to Honolulu to study and returned to China at ate age of seventeen Sun married Lu Mu-Zhen in 1884 From 1886 to 1892 Sun Yat-sen studied medicine in Guangzhou Hong Kong and practiced medicine in Macao Guangzhou after graduation Mean while he also devoted himself to politics Because he thought the Qing government was greatly corrupt and China was in a crisis in 1894 Sun Yat-sen submitted a memorial to Li Hong-zhang a top official of the Qing government at that time to demand Chinas total reform His memorial however was rejected Later Sun moved to Honolulu and established this Xing Zhong Hui Society for the Revival of China The Xing Zhong Hui outlined its programmed as the expulsion of the Manchus reveal of China establishment of peoples government In 1905 DrSun united the other revolutionary bodies in existence and formed in Tokyo a new organization under the name of Tong Meng Hui Revolutionary league It was here that Dr Sun Yat-sen formulated his political thought the Three Peoples Principles -- the Principle of Nationalism the Principle of Peoples livelihood He had sharp debates with the monarchists on such issues as to what political system China should adopt and what road China should take From 1895-1911 Sun Yat-sen staged several armed struggles against the Qing government but failed Though he met with repeated failures he was still quite optimistic about the revolution On October 10 1911 a named uprising broke out in Wuchang The revolt quickly spread to other provinces of the country A convention was held in wuhan at which the anti-Manchu forces decided to set up a provisional government and the revolutionaries succeeded in overthrowing the
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