Second Guangzhou Uprising
|Second Guangzhou Uprising|
Memorials for the 72 martyr
|Simplified Chinese||1. 黄花岗起义
|Traditional Chinese||1. 黃花崗起義
|Literal meaning||yellow flower mound uprising|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||xinhai guangzhou uprising|
At this time Malaya, which included what is now Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, had the largest Overseas Chinese population outside of China itself. Many of them were rich and carried out activities for the revolutionaries. On November 13, 1910, Sun Yat-sen, along with several leading figures of the Tongmenhui, gathered at the Penang conference to draw up plans for a decisive battle.
Originally planned to occur on April 13, 1911, the preparations on April 8 did not go as planned, delaying the date to April 27 instead.
Huang Xing and nearly a hundred fellow revolutionaries forced their way into the residence of the viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. The uprising was successful in the beginning, but reinforcements of the opposing Qing soldiers then heavily outnumbered them. The uprising turned into a catastrophic defeat. Most revolutionaries were killed, only few managed to escape. Huang Xing was wounded during the battle; he lost one of his fingers when it was hit by a bullet. Only 86 bodies were found (only 72 could be identified), and the bodies of others could never be found. The dead were mostly youths with all kinds of social backgrounds, former students, teachers, journalists, and oversea Chinese. Some of them were of high rank in the Alliance. Before the battle, most of the revolutionaries knew that the battle would probably be lost, since they were heavily outnumbered, but they went into battle anyway. The mission was carried like that of a suicide squad. Their letters to their loved ones were later found.
The dead were buried together in one grave on the Yellow Flower Mound, a mound near where they fought and died which has lent its name to the uprising. After the Chinese revolution, a cemetery was built on the mound with the names of those 72 revolutionary nationalists. They were commemorated as the "72 martyrs." Some historians believe that the uprising was a direct cause of the Wuchang uprising, which eventually led to the Xinhai Revolution and the founding of the Republic of China. Among the martyrs who sacrificed is Revolutionary Lin Jue-min (林覺民). Lin is known for writing the legendary "A Letter to My Wife" (與妻訣別書), considered to be a Chinese literature masterpiece. While Lin did not make it out alive, one of the most famous descendent from Lin's family is Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Events of the uprising open the 2011 film-tribute 1911.
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- "中國窗-香港商報電子報". Cnwnc.com. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- Langmead, Donald.  (2011). Maya Lin: A Biography. ABC-CLIO publishing. ISBN 0-313-37853-3, ISBN 978-0-313-37853-9. pg 5-6.
- "Youth Day". Government Information Office, ROC. Retrieved 11 March 2012.