Emperor Yang of Sui: Any PERSONAL Redeeming Qualities?

Jun 2012
As No Bias FTW, I sometimes ask questions about those who are often considered irredeemably evil by major consensus.

Here is my question about Hitler as an example:
A Few Curious Questions About Hitler

From neutral observation, I've learned that Hitler treated the women that he personally knew rather gently (and possibly in a manner that is above the standard of Allied world leaders at the time).

Today, I will cautiously make a new thread for Emperor Yang of Sui. Were there any counterpoints made against his negative, public image during the time of Tang?