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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Chen Jiaxian papers
    Dates: 1900-1947
    Collection Number: 2012C2
    Creator: Chen, Jiaxian, 1900-1983
    Collection Size: 1 manuscript box, digital files (0.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating mainly to Chinese émigré affairs, especially in Trinidad.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Chinese

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Chen Jiaxian papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    A Chinese Nationalist Party official in charge of overseas Chinese affairs in the Caribbean region and Latin America, Chen was born in 1900 in Honghualing, a small Hakka mountain village on the border between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. After graduating from the Teachers' College in Dongguan, he taught in south China and Borneo. In 1929, Chen joined the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) under Chiang Kai-shek, who had recently completed the Northern Expedition and reunified China. In 1935, he moved to Trinidad, where he established a seat for the Kuomintang Party's diplomatic activities in the Caribbean region and Latin America. During World War II, Chen endeavored to obtain funds to support Nationalist China's war effort against Japan.
    After World War II, Chen was posted to various countries of the Caribbean and South America before residing in Bogota, Colombia in 1947. There he played a crucial role in post-World War II China's connections with Latin America. Chen returned to Trinidad in 1950, serving as leader of the local Kuomintang Party and overseas Chinese community. In 1965, he moved to Canada, where he died in 1983.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers include correspondence between Chen and important Kuomintang Party officials regarding China's diplomatic relations with the Caribbean region and Latin America, the Kuomintang's policy toward overseas Chinese communities, and photos depicting Chen's activities in Trinidad and Latin America. A subsequent increment consists of file-based page images of Chen's diaries.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    China--Emigration and immigration.
    Chinese--Trinidad and Tobago.