Fissures in the Historical Terrain: Revisit the Cold War in East Asia in the Hoover Archives

February 11, 2019

The presentation will showcase several archival treasures from the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University. They are like numerous fissures in the Cold War’s historical terrain, and serve as rich source materials with which historians may challenge the previous interpretive frameworks in the study of the Cold War. Dr. Lin's talk will illustrate how these archival collections might provide both evidence and opportunity for scholars to reconsider the Cold War binary thinking in Asia that has greatly simplified the intricate and intriguing political and military landscape in the region, overlooking the complicated intra-alliance between Taiwan and the United States, and across the Taiwan Strait. It is hoped that these hidden historical records have offered a first step toward comprehending the history of Cold War’s East Asian theatre, the repercussion and implication of which continue to be felt until today.


Dr. Hsiao-ting Lin is a research fellow and curator of the Modern China collection at the Hoover Institution. He holds a BA in political science from National Taiwan University (1994) and an MA in international law and diplomacy from National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He received his DPhil in oriental studies in 2003 from the University of Oxford. Lin’s academic interests include ethnopolitics and minority issues in greater China, border strategies and defenses in modern China, political institutions and the bureaucratic system of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), and US-Taiwan military and political relations during the Cold War. He has published extensively on modern Chinese and Taiwanese politics, history, and ethnic minorities, including Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan (Harvard University Press, 2016); Modern China’s Ethnic Frontiers: A Journey to the West (Routledge, 2011); Breaking with the Past: The Kuomintang Central Reform Committee on Taiwan, 1950–52 (Hoover Press, 2007); Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier: Intrigues and Ethnopolitics, 1928–49 (UBC Press, 2006), and over a hundred journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, reviews, opinion pieces, and translations. 


  • SFU David See-chai Lam Centre
  • Taiwan Studies Group, Department of History

Monday, February 11, 2019


SFU Burnaby
Academic Quadrangle
AQ 6229
8888 University Drive, Burnaby

Please register here.

This talk will be in Chinese.