Asia

The rare publications and archival materials assembled by government officials, diplomats, military personnel, businessmen, missionaries, journalists, scholars, and private individuals chronicle social, economic, and political conditions in Asian countries. While maintaining the library and archives’ strength in documenting Asia’s transformations in the late nineteenth to twentieth centuries, our collecting efforts also focus on contemporary affairs. 

History of Hoover's Asia Collection

Challenging traditional historiography, providing new historical interpretation

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Most of the items described in these guides are now available at the East Asia Library at Stanford University or Stanford Auxiliary Libraries (SAL 1 & 2). Please check Stanford's online libraries catalog for exact locations.
 
 
Berton, Peter, and Eugene Wu. Contemporary China: a Research Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, 1967.
 
 
 
Israel, John. The Chinese Student Movement, 1927–1937: A Bibliographical Essay Based on the Resources of the Hoover Institution. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
 
 
 
Nahm, Andrew C. Japanese Penetration of Korea, 1894–1910: A Checklist of Japanese Archives in the Hoover Institution. Stanford University, Calif.: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, 1959.
 
Widor, Claude. The Samizdat Press in China's Provinces, 1979–1981: An Annotated Guide. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.
 
 
Wu, Tien-wei. The Kiangsi Soviet Republic, 1931–1934: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Chen Cheng Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University, 1981.
 
 
Chiang Kai-shek meets with Oskar Munzel (left), his German military adviser, in

Chiang Kai-shek’s Secret Military Advisers Unveiled

Monday, May 13, 2013

For decades after his defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek relied heavily and almost exclusively on the United States to defend and consolidate his island redoubt, Taiwan, against the communist invasion. Under the facade of an ostensibly formidable US-Taiwan alliance during the cold war, however, Chiang would, from time to time, turn to his erstwhile enemies in World War II for military advice.

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Earliest Diaries of Chiang Kai-shek Open for Research on March 31, 2006

Friday, March 31, 2006

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek from 1917 to 1931 will be opened on March 31, 2006. The remainder of the diaries will be opened sequentially during the next few years.

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Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Final Diaries of Chiang Kai-shek Open for Research on July 8, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek from 1956 to 1972 are available to researchers at the Hoover Archives as of Wednesday, July 8, 2009, when they will join earlier Chiang diaries from 1917 to 1955, which were opened between 2006 and 2008

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Undated photo of Chiang Kai-shek

Hoover Archives in Phoenix TV Documentary on the Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Chinese-language television documentary about the Chiang Kai-shek diaries at the Hoover Archives can be viewed on YouTube. Released in February, the extensive footage from Hoover that appears in Part One was taped in August 2008.

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Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Hoover Institution is seeking clarity on the ownership of the Chiang family diaries and papers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Stanford

The Hoover Institution of Stanford University is working diligently to seek clarity on the ownership of the Chiang family diaries and papers on deposit at the Hoover Institution. The Institution has filed an interpleader action (a process by which a party asks a court to determine the ownership interests of property with multiple claimants) to enlist assistance from the Court. The Hoover Institution is not adverse to any party but has determined this as the appropriate next step after being unable, for several years, to resolve competing ownership claims.

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Chiang Kai-shek Diaries

Hoover-Oxford Workshop Examines Collections in the Hoover Institution’s Modern China Archives New Documents Reveal Insights on Reform Policies of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang Party

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stanford—Scholars examining acquisitions in the Modern China Archives, held by the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, are reassessing important events and leaders of twentieth-century China. “The newly available historical materials open up a window to understanding China,” said Hoover research fellow Tai-chun Kuo, who is a workshop coordinator, along with Steve Tsang, of Oxford University.

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Taiwanese Foreign Ministry; John Hsiao-yen Chiang

John Hsiao-yen Chiang visited the Hoover Institution

Monday, February 6, 2012

John Hsiao-yen Chiang, vice chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party (the Kuomintang), visited the Hoover Institution on February 6, 2012. He was accompanied by Jack Chiang, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco, Li-fang Huang, a director at TECO, Colin Kao, a senior official from the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, and Wayne Chiang, son of John Hsiao-yen Chiang. A grandson of Chiang Kai-shek and a son of Chiang Ching-kuo (both top leaders of the Republic of China), John Hsiao-yen Chiang is an influential politician in Taiwan. Before becoming vice chairman of the Kuomintang Party, he was Taiwan’s foreign minister from 1996 to 1997, vice premier in 1997, secretary-general of the presidential office from 1999 to 2000. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Legislative Yuan.

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Postwar Diaries of Chiang Kai-shek Open for Research on July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Stanford

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek from 1946 to 1955 are available to researchers at the Hoover Library and Archives as of July 18, 2008. They join earlier Chiang diaries from 1917 to 1945, which were opened in 2006 and 2007.

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World War II Diaries of Chiang Kai-shek Open for Research on April 2, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek from 1932 to 1945 will become available to researchers in the Hoover Archives reading room on April 2, 2007. They join earlier Chiang diaries from 1917 to 1931, which were opened last year.

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Hsiao-ting Lin

Hsiao-ting Lin

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Default Fellow

Lisa Nguyen

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Kaoru "Kay" Ueda is Hoover's first-ever curator for the Japanese Diaspora Initiative.

Kaoru Ueda

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