Academia Historica asset for 2nd Sino-Japan war research
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.