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Inventory of the James Wei diaries
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  • Title: James Wei diaries
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1982
    Collection Number: 2003C19
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box, 14 oversize boxes (9.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Relates to political conditions in Taiwan, and to Taiwanese-American relations.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Wei, James.


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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Wei diaries, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2003.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    James Wei was a Taiwanese writer. Wei was a native of Chekiang and graduated from Yenching University in Peking. He started his career as a reporter in Tientsin and later in Shanghai. From 1942-1948, he joined the International Department, Ministry of Information; he then became head of the Shanghai Office of the Ministry of Information (later called the Government Information Office). He then settled in Taiwan, where he served as Reuters correspondent for three years, while simultaneously holding the post of deputy director of the Central News Agency. Wei was also one of the founders of the "China News," an English Language newspaper, along with being the publisher when it was first created in 1949. Then from 1954-1965, Wei worked as managing director of the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC). In 1966, he was appointed director general of the Government Information Office before becoming the director of the Central News Agency in 1972, before retiring from the CNA in 1978. He was also national-policy advisor to President Chiang Ching-kuo until he died of a heart attack in October 1982 at the age of 74.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection relates to political conditions in Taiwan, and to Taiwanese-American relations between the years of 1959 and 1982. Diaries written by James Wei detail political conditions across that span of time, as well as his reactions to current events. Wei also kept track of daily accounts, including descriptions of his conversations with various people and the different activities he engaged in. A small collection of notes contains contact information of other people as well as other accounts of his aquaintances. The datebook details events Wei presumably attended, and reminders of such events that he wrote for himself. There is also correspondence, including notes and a letter addressed to Wei from the Chinese News Service of New York.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Taiwan--Foreign relations--United States.
    Taiwan--Politics and government--1945-
    United States--Foreign relations--Taiwan.