by George Bao
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- As the great-grandson of Sun Yat-sen, the great revolutionary forerunner who led the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in China, Leland Sun said he wants to see China's Taiwan reunite with the mainland in a peaceful way.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua Saturday in Hollywood, Leland Sun said he had been working in Hollywood for 37 years as an actor and stuntman before he retired in 1997. He said he is not a politician, but as he gets older, he feels the urgency to carry on Sun Yat-sen's course.
Leland Sun was born and raised in the United States, but he travels frequently to China's Taiwan and mainland. He visited China's mainland in 1986 for the first time, and since then he traveled to the mainland almost every year.
"I saw great changes in China since 1986," said Sun. In 1986, most of the people in China's mainland were riding bicycles, and women dressed in blue or black uniforms, but now there are more cars in the streets of Chinese cities, and women dressed as beautiful as the Americans, Sun said.
"I am 68 years old now, and before I pass away, I may see the reunification of both sides," said Sun. He added his father Sun Tse-ping had expressed the same wish to see a unified China before he died in 2005.
He said more and more people from China's mainland can travel to Taiwan now, and more people from Taiwan are doing business in the mainland. Eventually, people from the two sides can find a way to modify their systems and both sides can co-exist under one China.
He said a unified China will be much stronger than before, and that's what he wants to see.
He said he was born in New York and raised in the United States but he will not forget his Chinese origin and tradition.