Research on Sun Yat-sen

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Pictorial Representations of Sun Yat-sen

Pictures are widely considered as one of the most important types of historical evidence. There has been widespread discussion among historians such as Peter Burke and Pingyuan Chen about the usage of pictures in historical research. In his seminal work "When Images Speak," Ko-wu Huang has further highlighted the importance of the above-mentioned method.

The contribution of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) to the Chinese revolution of 1911 is undeniable, as he has been widely praised by Chinese and non-Chinese alike across the globe. Acknowledging the extensive international media coverage of Dr. Sun's efforts to spread the revolutionary ideals, this research project attempts to provide some alternative perspectives for Sun Yat-sen studies by critically analyzing the wide variety of Dr. Sun's pictorial narrative in foreign newspapers. An analysis of the images of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in newspapers outside China since the 19th century may demonstrate the international significance of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

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"History in Images: Pictorial Representations of Sun Yat-sen in Newspapers beyond China since the Late 19th Century" Database (in progress)