detail of poster JA 6 - The occupation of Port Arthur, 1905

Japan and Japanese Diaspora Collections

These collections focus on social, political, and economic change from the Meiji (1868–1911) to post–World War II reconstruction (1945–52) periods in Japan and overseas Japanese communities.


Major topics of the Japan collection include the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95; pre–World War II domestic affairs; Japanese-sponsored governments in China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia; the post–World War II Allied occupation, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, the US-Japan Security Treaty. Records of the Japanese Communist Party and proceedings of the Imperial Diet, 1890–1946, are available. The Japanese Diaspora collection includes the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, the world’s largest open-access full-image digital collection of Japanese newspapers published in North America.

Kaoru Ueda

Kaoru Ueda

Curator of Japanese Diaspora Collections / Research Fellow

Kaoru (Kay) Ueda is a research fellow and the curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. She holds a B.A. from Kwansei Gakuin University, an MBA from University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Boston University, and has uniq...

Additional Guides

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.

Ike, Nobutaka. The Hoover Institution Collection On Japan. Palo Alto, Calif, 1958.

Mote, Frederick W., Japanese-Sponsored Governments In China, 1937-1945: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled From Materials In the Chinese Collection of the Hoover Library. Stanford,: Stanford University Press, 1954.

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.

Kiyohara, Michiko. China Watching by the Japanese: Reports and Investigations from the First Sino-Japanese War to the Unification of China Under the Communist Party: A Checklist of Holdings In the East Asian Collection, Hoover Institution.Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1987.


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Reflections video series
Reflections: A New Video Series By The Hoover Institution And Hoover Institution Library & Archives

A new monthly video series by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives highlights important historical objects and collections paired with reflections by Hoover’s expert curators, fellows, and other scholars.

December 07, 2023
3 men standing on the deck of the Tanba Maru
Hoover Institution Acquires The Archives Of Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō

March 14, 2023
Nishiguchi Storefront woman standing amongst flowers
Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University and the Japanese Association for Migration Studies co-host the Second International Workshop on Japanese Diaspora. 

November 4, 2022
Masuo Kitaji's Companion Bible undergoing conservation treatment
Under the Magnifying Glass, Again

Two Bibles, created by Salvation Army captain Masuo Kitaji while he was in detention camps and now in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives collection, underwent conservation treatment in preparation for an exhibition.

November 04, 2022
Line of Japanese soldiers holding a flag, illustration kamishibai
Through A Transnational Lens: Embedding Japan In Global History—Japanese Diaspora Public Lecture

This is a Japanese Diaspora Public Lecture featuring Sheldon Garon, Princeton University.

November 3, 2022
Black and white photo of Eugene Wu sitting at a desk with a bookshelf in the background
In Memoriam: Eugene Wu (1922–2022), Early Curator Of The Hoover Institution Library & Archives’ East Asian Collections

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Eugene Wu. He died earlier this month at the age of 100 near his home in Menlo Park, California. Wu contributed to and presided over the growth of three outstanding East Asian collections at the University of Washington, Stanford, and Harvard. His legacy promises to be an enduring inspiration for librarians, researchers, and students of East Asia for generations to come.

August 22, 2022
Photograph of the entrance to the Fanning the Flames exhibition in Hoover Tower, 2022
A Virtual Exhibition Tour Of Fanning The Flames: Propaganda In Modern Japan

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives presents the Fanning the Flames Speaker Series. This twelfth session is moderated by Kaoru (Kay) Ueda, Curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection at Hoover. The event will feature a video screening of “A Virtual Exhibition Tour of Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan.” For the first time we will reveal to our virtual audience a view of the physical exhibition, located in the Lou Henry Hoover gallery at Hoover Tower, Stanford University. Dr. Ueda will also be joined by Library & Archives colleagues to talk about the processes involved with developing exhibitions like Fanning the Flames.

July 7, 2022
Sparking Printmaking Inspirations In The Library & Archives: An Art Studio Class Visit

Stanford art studio students sought inspiration from the Fanning the Flames exhibition and Hoover collections, exploring archival materials and posters related to propaganda and activism. Their work will become part of the Stanford University Libraries University Archives.

February 23, 2022
Graphic for Fanning the Flames exhibition featuring a card from Japanese kamishibai showing a pilot in yellow jumpsuit weilding a sword
Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan

Now closed in the Hoover Tower galleries, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is pleased to present Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, which features rare woodblock prints and paper plays.

November 16, 2021
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