Inventory of the Chen Jiaxian Papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Chen Jiaxian papers
Date (inclusive): 1900-1947
Collection Number: 2012C2
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Chinese
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box, 94 digital files (.19 GB) (0.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating mainly to Chinese émigré affairs, especially in Trinidad. Digital copies of select records also available at 
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Chen, Jiaxian, 1900-1983


Collection is open for research. Digital copies of select records also available at 
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.

Alternate Forms Available

Digital copies of select records also available at 


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 . 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 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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

China--Emigration and immigration.
Chinese--Trinidad and Tobago.


Diaries 1900-1947

Physical Description: 93.0 digital files

Scope and Contents note

These digital files are page images of two diaries written in Chinese. The pages were digitized by the donor of the collection. The Hoover Archives does not have the original, hard-copy diaries, nor does it have higher-quality digital files of the diary pages.
Mixed materials workstation

Diary 1 1900-1945

Mixed materials workstation

Diary 2 1945 August - 1947 September

Scope and Contents note

Includes Chen's trip back to China to attend a KMT meeting, August - September 1945; his inspection tour in Venezuela, January - December 1946; and his inspection tour in Colombia, January - September 1946.
Reading room workstation

Printed matter circa 1945 December 25

Chinese National Govt. Envoy Acclaims People's Patriotism: Reveals Conference Policy to Protect Chinese Interests, circa 25 December 1945

Physical Description: 1.0 digital file

Scope and Contents note

One clipping, "Chinese National Govt. Envoy Acclaims People's Patriotism," about Chen visiting British Guiana. In English. Part of the text is cut off. This digital file was provided to the Hoover Archives by the donor. The Hoover Archives does not have the original, hard-copy clipping, nor does it have a better-quality or more complete digital file of the clipping.
Box 1

Rest of collection not yet described