Inaugurated in 2013, Hoover’s Workshop on Modern China yearly brings an international roster of leading scholars in Asian studies to Hoover Library & Archives on Stanford University campus to discuss the rise of China as an international power. Organized by Hoover fellow and co-curator of East Asian Collections Hsiao-ting Lin, Hoover’s annual China workshop invites both junior and senior researchers to utilize Hoover’s archival treasures and share their research findings with a diverse audience. The workshop opens Hoover’s Chinese and East Asian collections to worldwide scholarly attention across a variety of disciplines. By using collections such as the Chiang Kai-shek and Chen Bulei diaries, and the T.V. Soong and Nym Wales papers, scholars seek to understand the complicated history of China and its relationships with the United States and its Asian neighbors. In the past decade, Hoover’s China collection has undergone extraordinary development. With the acquisition of unique collections in the greater China area, including Nationalist and Communist Chinese as well as Hong Kong and Taiwanese materials, Hoover has built the world’s leading hub for modern and contemporary Chinese research, attracting hundreds of visitors annually from all over the world.
During the week-long workshop participants research in the Hoover Library & Archives reading rooms, present lunchtime talks on their scholarly projects, attend lectures, and meet with their colleagues informally at dinners and events. The topics past speakers have addressed relate to political leadership, war and revolution, and social, military, and economic transformation in the greater China area. Past speakers include book-award winners Hans Van de Ven (Cambridge), Rana Mitter (Oxford), Joseph Esherick (UCSD), Klaus Mühlhahn (Free University of Berlin), Pierre Asselin (Hawaii), and many other leading experts from Britain, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Currently, participation in the Workshop on Modern China is by invitation only. For more information concerning the workshop, please contact the organizer, Hoover co-curator of East Asian collections Hsiao-ting Lin: htlin [at] stanford [dot] edu.
Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China
Materials regarding Homer Lea, military adviser to Sun Yat-sen and to the revolutionary movement in China
US missionary in China, 1909–15 and 1932–33
Financier and official in the Chinese Nationalist government
Businessman and statesman in the Chinese Nationalist government
Banker and official in the Chinese Nationalist government
Materials relating to Chinese communist activity in the Jiangxi Soviet Republic, 1931–37
Former premier of the Republic of China
US journalist who reported from Yan’an, China, during the 1930s
Commanding officer of the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s “Flying Tigers”
US Army general in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II
US Army commander in the China and Southeast Asia theaters during World War II
US historian, journalist, and author, The Rape of Nanking
Chinese dissident; prisoner, 1960–68
Newspaper issues, pamphlets, broadsides, and flyers issued by Red Guards