Hoover Hosts Event to Discuss the Life and Legacy of Chiang Ching-kuo, Former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Thursday, December 19, 2019
Hoover deputy director Eric Wakin (right) moderated the discussion.

The Hoover Library & Archives hosted a special event on December 17, 2019, to discuss the life and legacy of Chiang Ching-kuo and to announce the opening of his diaries at Hoover in February 2020. Chiang Ching-kuo was the son of Chiang Kai-shek and his political heir as leader of the Republic of China (Taiwan).  The event featured a panel including Steven M. Goldstein, director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University, John F. Copper, the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, and Thomas B. Gold, professor of sociology at the University of California–Berkeley. The event was chaired by Eric Wakin, deputy director of the Hoover Institution and director of the Library & Archives, and attended by more than one hundred special guests and leading experts on Chinese history. An original volume and several reproductions from Chiang’s personal diaries were displayed at the event, drawing mass-media attention from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the local Bay Area.