A Bid to Make Statue of Sen Yat-sen in Columbus Park Permanent

Sun Yat-sen statue, Columbus Park.
Sun Yat-sen statue, Columbus Park.

Community activists in Chinatown want a temporary installation honoring Dr. Sen Yat-sen, the leader of the 1911 Chinese revolution, to be made permanent.  A statue was donated by the Chinese government and was supposed to remain in Columbus Park for 11 months. Last month, Community Board 3 endorsed an application before the Public Design Commission to leave the statue, by Chinese sculptor Lu Chun-Hsiung, in place.  The campaign is being organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA).  Leading up to the revolution, Sun Yat-sen lived in Chinatown and delivered a key speech at CCBA headquarters. CB3 also asked the parks department to keep the statue where its until the design commission makes its decision.