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Sun remembered in her birthplace

About 150 people gathered in Shanghai yesterday to remember the life of Nora Sun, the Chinese-American diplomat, businesswoman and a granddaughter of Dr Sun Yat-sen, who died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Taiwan earlier this year.

Family members, friends and former colleagues from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States attended the memorial service which was specially chosen to be held in her birthplace Shanghai.

"My mother was always remembered for her young spirit and vibrant personality," said Steven Sun Seigrist, a son of Sun.

Zhang Xiang, former vice minister of the Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, who knew Sun for about 20 years, said: "Nora was a straightforward and elegant woman, and she always made people benefit from and be entertained by her company.

"Even though she has left us, we'll remember her smile and spirit and she will live in our memories forever."

Sun was severely injured in a car crash while on her way to Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei in January, and died at the age of 72 on January 29.

"Nora was a lover of charity. She helped a lot of poor kids in China to go to school," said Zhang.

Sun is the youngest daughter of Sun Fo, son of Sun Yat-sen, who led a revolution to topple the Qing Dynasty.


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