Taiwanese foreign minister Lin visits Hoover

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
From L to R: Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister; Richard Sousa, senior asso
From L to R: Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister; Richard Sousa, senior asso

Yung-le Lin, Taiwanese foreign minister, and Bruce J.D. Linghu, director of the Department of North American Affairs for the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, visited the Hoover Institution on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, as part of their daylong visit to the San Francisco Bay area.  Minister Lin, who has served in the ministry for more than three decades, has represented Taiwan in missions all over the world.

Accompanied by Bruce Fuh, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco, and Daniel K.Y. Lin, a director at TECO, the delegation met with Richard Sousa, senior associate director at Hoover, and Hsiao-ting Lin, research fellow and curator of the Hoover Institution Archives’ East Asia collection.

Hoover has long had research and archival interests in China. The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are noted for their Chinese collections, some of which date to before the founding of the Chinese republic in 1911 and include material on the republic’s founding, the war with Japan, China’s involvement in World War II, US-Chinese relations, the civil war and ultimate victory of the communists (which led to Nationalists to move to Taiwan), the Cultural Revolution on the Chinese mainland, and the peaceful transition of power on Taiwan.

The Modern China collection includes the diaries of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the papers of Nationalist Chinese leaders T.V. Soong and H.H. Kung, and records of the Kuomintang Party, the ruling political party in China between 1928 and 1949 and in Taiwan for most of the time since 1949.