Hoover Institution Library & Archives 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 the Hoover Institution Library & Archives on Stanford University campus to discuss the rise of China as an international power. Organized by Hoover Research Fellow and Curator of Modern China and Taiwan Collections Hsiao-ting Lin, the Modern 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.

Pierre Asselin standing in front of a room full of people

Pierre Asselin discusses Sino-Vietnamese relations at the 2015 Workshop on Modern China


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, Hsiao-ting Lin via email.

Hsiao-ting Lin Hoover Headshot

Hsiao-ting Lin

Curator, Modern China & Taiwan Collection / Research Fellow

Hsiao-ting Lin is a research fellow and curator of the Modern China and Taiwan collection at the Hoover Institution, for which he collects material on China and Taiwan, as well as China-related materials in other East Asian countries. He holds a BA in political science ...


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February 18, 2016
Modern China Workshop

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.

August 4, 2014
Berlin professor discusses the Chinese Gulag at the Hoover Summer Archives Workshop on China and Russia

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 University Press, 2009) won the American Historical Association’s Fairbank Prize and his PhD students are regular visitors to the Hoover Archive’s China collections.

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