Hoover Library & Archives Workshop on Modern China

PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for a significant construction and renovation project that will prepare the Hoover Institution for its second century of activities, the Library & Archives reading rooms will be closed to researchers from December 24, 2018, to the early months of 2020. During this period, our collections and our public services will be unavailable, but our collecting, exhibition program, and other activities will continue. Further information will be available on our website during the fall of 2018. Please email bronweyn [at] stanford.edu with your fellowship inquiries.

Pierre Asselin discusses Sino-Vietnamese relations at the 2016 Workshop on Modern China

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.edu.


Chinese military and political leader and former head of state of the Republic of China

Joshua B. Powers Collection

Materials regarding Homer Lea, military adviser to Sun Yat-sen and to the revolutionary movement in China

Francis E Stafford Photographs

US missionary in China, 1909–15 and 1932–33

T. V. Soong Papers 宋子文

Financier and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

H. H. Kung Papers 孔祥熙

Businessman and statesman in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chang Kia-Ngau Papers 张嘉璈

Banker and official in the Chinese Nationalist government

Chen Cheng collection 陳誠

Materials relating to Chinese communist activity in the Jiangxi Soviet Republic, 1931­–37

Yen Hui Ch’ing Typescript: An Autobiography 顏惠慶

Former premier of the Republic of China

Nym Wales (Helen Foster Snow) Papers

US journalist who reported from Yan’an, China, during the 1930s

Claire Lee Chennault Papers

Commanding officer of the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s “Flying Tigers”

Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers

US Army general in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II

Albert C. Wedemeyer Papers

US Army commander in the China and Southeast Asia theaters during World War II

Iris Chang Papers

US historian, journalist, and author, The Rape of Nanking

Lin Zhao Papers 林昭

Chinese dissident; prisoner, 1960–68

Chinese Cultural Revolution Collection

Newspaper issues, pamphlets, broadsides, and flyers issued by Red Guards

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Modern China Workshop

Monday, August 4, 2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The second annual Hoover Institution workshop on modern China was held during August 4-5, 2014. Organized by archives staff, the workshop featured eight scholars from Europe, East Asia, and the United States who have done research in Hoover’s collections. Workshop attendees presented their research to the Hoover and Stanford community, with a keynote from University of California-San Diego professor Joseph Esherick.


Berlin professor discusses the Chinese Gulag at the Hoover Summer Archives Workshop on China and Russia

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Hoover Summer Workshop on China and Russia hosted a talk and discussion on the Chinese Gulag under Mao by Klaus Mühlhahn

Mühlhahn is a professor of Chinese history and culture at the Free University of Berlin who specializes in modern Chinese legal history. His Criminal Justice in China (Harvard) won the American Historical Association’s Fairbank Prize and his PhD students are regular visitors to the Hoover Archive’s China collections.

Hoover fellow and Library & Archives curator Hsiao-ting Lin
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Hoover Fellow And Library & Archives Curator Hsiao-ting Lin Publishes A New View Of Modern Taiwan

Thursday, February 18, 2016

This March Hsiao-ting Lin, Hoover fellow and curator of East Asia Collections at the Library & Archives, will release his book Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan, the product of years of research in Hoover Archives. Published by Harvard University Press, Lin’s book draws from sixteen collections at Hoover related to the history of Taiwan and US operations in East Asia.



Hsiao-ting Lin

Hsiao-ting Lin

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