NEW! Firsthand Materials to be Published April 1, 2024 | Taipei Seminars

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At 2:30pm on April 6th and 7th, 2024, The Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust will hold two “Peace and War: Wang Jingwei & Modern China Book Launch Seminars” to share a trove of first-hand material with the public, offering a rare opportunity to further understand the Republican Era and one of the most controversial figures in the history of modern China.

Since the beginning of 2024, the Wang Jingwei & Modern China series has been republished as individual volumes, including Wang Jingwei’s Political Discourse: Selected Essays, Speeches, Letters and Telegrams, Wang Jingwei Nanshe Poetry, Wang Jingwei's Poetry Vols. I-II. On April 1st, we will publish Wang Jingwei’s eldest daughter and her husband’s diary and memoir entitled My Books, My Teacher: The Diary of Wang Wenxing, and Cloud, Smoke, Scattered Memories, the Memoir of Ho Mang Hang, Expanded Edition, revealing accounts of core eye witnesses of the Republican Era. Readers will gain insight into the perilous national situation during the Sino-Japanese War period, the candid and sincere exchanges between father and daughter seeking the path to saving the nation, and a close-up view of Wang Jingwei’s important words and deeds from 1937 to 1944, including the Hanoi assassination and Wang’s passing.

The two book seminars on the theme of “Peace and War” will be held on April 6th and 7th at 2:30 pm at Kishu An Forest of Literature and will each have a different focus:

The first seminar on April 6th titled “Wang Jingwei: Traitor or Founder of the Nationalist Government?” will be presented by Dr. Augustine Pan from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and moderated by Professor Eugene Chiu from Donghai University. Together they will discuss Wang Jingwei’s relationship to the Republic of China in Beiyang, Guangzhou and Nanjing and delve into Wang’s true role from a broader perspective using primary sources.

Wang Jingwei is an important figure in modern history who has long been deliberately ignored and blurred on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Is he a poet? An assassin? A politician? Sun Yat-sen’s successor? The founder of the Nationalist Government? Or a traitor? This is worth re-examining.Dr. Augustine Pan

The April 7th seminar Witnesses to Broader History: Wang Jingwei’s daughter Wang Wenxing and son-in-law Ho Mang Hang, Dr. Augustine Pan and Dr. Liang Jiyong, Doctor of philology and scholar of Guangdong culture, will use the perspectives and experiences of close members of Wang’s family to re-examine his aspirations and observations on the war and the situation at the time.

Reading this 1937-1938 diary today, within the context of Wang Jingwei’s writings at the time and in later years, readers may wonder whether the ideas expressed in this diary influenced Wang's own ideas and actions.

We welcome all those interested in the history of the Republican Era to join us in these discussions and reflect on these important subjects.

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Dr. Augustine Pan

A Ph.D. from the University of Auckland's Political Studies Institute (International Relations), has served as a visiting researcher at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in the United States. 

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Professor Eugene Chiu

A renowned expert in Chinese Intellectual History, Professor Chiu received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1984-1992). He served as a Research Fellow at University of California at Berkeley and Distinguished Professor at Tunghai University.

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Dr. Liang Jiyong

Born in Guangzhou, Guangdong. Doctor of philology, researcher of Guangdong culture. Publications include research studies on biographies of historical figures. Visiting scholar at Academia Sinica (Taiwan) and College de France.

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