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“Chiang Kai–shek Reappraised: Unlocking Modern China History”

Seventh Annual Wan–Lin Kiang Lecture


Tai–chun Kuo, Research Fellow
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reception: 6:00–6:45 p.m.
Social Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Patio 1517
Lecture: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Social Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517

Please RSVP to Sandra Cushman,
scushman@uci.edu or 949–824–3344

Tai–chun Kuo, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Tai–chun Kuo is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In 2003, she was a visiting lecturer at the Center for East Asian Studies, also of Stanford, and an associate professor at the Graduate Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University in Taiwan from 1997–2000. She served as press secretary to the president of the Republic of China (ROC) from 1990–95, deputy director–general of the First Bureau of the Presidential Office from 1989–97, and director of the ROC Government Information Office in Boston from 1987–88. Since 2003, she has assisted the Hoover Institution Archives to develop its Modern China Archives and Special Collections, which include the archives of the Kuomintang (Nationalist) party, the diaries of Chiang Kai–shek and Chiang Ching–kuo, and personal papers of T. V. Soong, H. H. K’ung, and other leading Chinese individuals.

“Chiang Kai–shek Reappraised: Unlocking Modern China History”

China’s awakening in the last two decades has sent shock waves throughout the world, leading to a gradual reconfiguration of the balance of power in the Asia–Pacific region. Tai–chu Kuo, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, will offer insight into historical forces of change that have helped reshape the region based on her interpretations of the diaries of Chiang Kai–shek, a 20th century Chinese political and military leader. Particular focus will be on Chiang Kai–shek’s leadership, political thinking, and policies.

About the Center for Asian Studies

Comprised of more than 40 interdisciplinary UC Irvine faculty members who study China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia, the Center for Asian Studies was established to enhance the study of the many countries and cultures of Asia. The Center provides a forum for discussions across geographic and disciplinary boundries both on campus and throughout the community.