At the invitation of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott Director of the Library & Archives, and Hsiao-ting Lin, a research fellow and cocurator of the East Asian Collection, visited Taipei, where they met with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou; Deputy Foreign Minister Andrew Kao; leaders of the Democratic Progressive Party; and scholars from the Academia Sinica (the national academy of Taiwan); and the Academia Historica (the entity charged with recording the national history of pre-1949 Republic of China and post-1949 Taiwan).
In his remarks President Ma said he holds Hoover Institution collections on modern China in high regard and praised the Hoover Archives as one of the world’s hubs for the study of modern history. He said he hopes for closer cooperation between Taiwan’s scholarly community and the Hoover Institution. “I sincerely look forward to a deeper Hoover engagement in historical research and related activities commemorating the 70th anniversary this year of the end of the Sino-Japanese war,” President Ma said.
In addition to visiting Taiwan’s National Central Library, the National Archives Administration, and the former presidential residencies of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo, Wakin was invited to give three talks: to a group of scholars at the Academia Historica; to Stanford and Columbia University alumni groups in Taiwan; and to a group of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government officials on the application of free market ideas to the nonprofit sector of the economy, titled “Overcoming Resistance: Free Market Ideas that Work for NGOs.” Throughout the course of the trip, a robust exchange of views was exchanged on library and archives management, scholarly research based on archival materials, and potential collaborative projects between Hoover and its counterparts in Taiwan.