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Ye Ding Shi Home will become a historic monument next month

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Ye Ding Shi Home will become a historic monument next month

source: takungpao

translated by cici@Asianeu


Ye Ding shi Home, built after Sun Yat-sen's former residence at cuiheng, following pic is Sun Yat-sen's home.



Vacant forty years, burying a tragic and epic hundred years of history since the 1911 Revolution period, the home belonging to Ye Ding-Shi was expected to be constitutionalized as a historic monument as early by next month. Modeled after Sun Yat-Sen's residence (now known as Sun Yat-sen Residence Memorial Museum) in Cuiheng, Ye Ding-Shi's residence was built in 1913 with a blend of Chinese and Western architectural styles, situated in Sha Tau Kok's Lin Ma Hang. Nevertheless, this magnificient 2-floors-6-bedrooms-house had been in ruin; inside the house, wood used to build the house had been worn out by termites, the main entrance could not be used, second floor had been damaged and the tiles in the hallway had been turned into rubbles, in addition to the small road leading to the house was filled with weeds higher than a person that was difficult to walk through.


The second son of Ye Ding-Shi, Ye Jui-shan, over 70 years of age, said that he hoped to restore the original appearance to commemorate the silent deeds of his father who joined the revolution. His late father was one of the forgotten revoluntionary veterans who had never been recognized, therefore Ye Jui-Shan strived to have the house constitutionalized as a monument since the eighties and was steadfast in restoring the house hoping to open it to the public for visits and learn more about Ye Ding-Shi's life and contribution.


A brief history of Ye Ding-Shi

  • Lived in Sha Tau Kok's Lin Ma Hang in a small shelter due to poverty. He was so poor that he had no pants to wear even at age of 10.
  • At 18 years of age, sold to Thailand to work, and learned to make clothes, later under the King of Siam's patronage, he manufactured all army uniform. Ye had at least 10 garment factories in Thailand.
  • In 1907, Ye Ding-Shi met Sun Yat-Sen who came to Thailand to organize a revolutionary alliance. Ye was influenced, ended up fully supporting the alliance and became the leader of the Thailand branch. Since his participation and support for the revolution, the Thailand government had discouraged him several times but Ye still firmly engaged in the cause resulting all his family asset, property and contract with the government to manufacture army uniform confiscated. Despite his fallout with the King, a street in Thailand was still named after Ye.
  • In 1936, Ye returned to his residence in Lin Ma Hang. During this time in the 2nd world war, Hong Kong was seized by the Japanese. Due to food shortage, six family members had to share 1 kilogram of rice, and eventually, Ye died of starvation at home at the age of 61.

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