Academia His­tor­ica as­set for 2nd Sino-Ja­pan war re­search

The China Post - - LOCAL -

As Academia His­tor­ica in Taipei owns the archive on the late Re­pub­lic of China Pres­i­dent Chi­ang Kai-shek ( ), the in­sti­tu­tion is per­ceived as an im­por­tant as­set for in­for­ma­tion on the 1937-1945 sec­ond Sino-Ja­pan war.

This is ac­cord­ing to Chen Yi­hua ( ), a spe­cial com­mis­sioner of Academia His­tor­ica, who likened Academia His­tor­ica Thurs­day to the U.S.-based Hoover In­sti­tu­tion, which owns Chi­ang Kai-shek’s di­aries.

“If the Hoover In­sti­tu­tion is the World War II re­search site in the West, Academia His­tor­ica is its coun­ter­part in the East,” Chen told CNA.

Chen said that the Chi­ang Kaishek archive has be­come one of the in­sti­tu­tion’s anchors, as it is full of im­por­tant data on the sec­ond Sino-Ja­pan war.

It in­cludes the de­ci­sions made by the late pres­i­dent on the war and letters writ­ten by him in per­son and his di­rec­tives dur­ing the war, Chen said.

The data also in­cludes data about the Marco Polo bridge in­ci­dent of July 7, 1937, which led to the break­out of the Sino-Ja­pan war, as well as cor­re­spon­dence be­tween de­fec­tor Wang Chaom­ing ( ) and his de­fect­ing group, while the archive also has about 230,000 photos de­pict­ing the history be­tween 1908 and the 1970s.

Chen said that Academia His­tor­ica has dig­i­tal­ized most of the Chi­ang Kai- shek archive af­ter com­plet­ing scan­ning of 781,803 pages in the archive and com­pil­ing 109,951 items of in­for­ma­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the Chi­ang Kaishek archive, Academia His­tor­ica cu­rates a wide range of data re­lated to the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment un­der Chi­ang’s rule, re­searcher Lin Ying-ju ( ) said.

The data re­lates to air strikes staged by Ja­pan, ca­su­al­ties and dam­age caused by the Ja­panese in­va­sion, the ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment to catch Wang and other de­fec­tors who as­sisted Ja­pan against the ROC, Lin said.

Lin said that the data also de­tails the vic­tory over Ja­pan and the takeover of Tai­wan and the north­east­ern part of China pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Ja­pan be­fore the war.

Ac­cord­ing to Academia His­tor­ica, the in­sti­tu­tion has a to­tal of 451,822 files of his­tor­i­cal data and about 12.46 mil­lion photos along with mi­cro­film and other data.

Lin said that the in­sti­tu­tion has worked with Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity to dig­i­tal­ize the data to al­low the public to gain eas­ier ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion online.

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