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Entry from Hisao Magario's diary

The East Asia Library recently received the valuable donation of a set of diaries written by Hisao Magario (1889 - 1960), a Japanese businessman who operated an import business in Oakland and San Francisco during the mid-20th century. The forty-one volumes of diaries cover the period between 1920 and 1960, describing Magario's time in the United States during the years 1920-1926 and his subsequent activities after returning to Japan.

Mario Paci

January 23, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Located in the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China" features an exhibition of of selected materials from the Mario Paci Papers, a collection of documents, photographs, and musical scores donated to Stanford University Libraries in 2013 by Floria and Alexander Zaharoff, Paci's daughter and grandson, with the assistance of Stanford professor Jindong Cai.  This important collection of documents is held in Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, and has recently been digitized.     

East Asia Library

The East Asia Library hosted the annual meeting of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) this last Friday and Saturday, October 14-15th.  In this two-day meeting, NCC members from major universities in the US, Canada, and Japan discussed current and future projects.  Representatives from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, which funds many of the NCC’s projects, also participated actively in the discussions.

Chinese Library

At the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Xiaoze Xie: Albums, Prints and Photographs" features two intimate albums with ink drawings from the artist's travels, prints with images of books taken at libraries in China and Canada, and somber photographs suggesting burning of books. The subject, style and format of Xie's work resonate with the specific context of the site. On view Oct. 18, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017.

Xiaoze Xie, the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University, is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad. His work is in the permanent collection of such institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and Oakland Museum of California. Xie received the Painter and Sculptor’s Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2013), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003) and artist awards from Phoenix Art Museum (1999) and Dallas Museum of Art (1996).

An opening reception will be held at 5:00pm, November 3, 2016

Sponsors of the event:

Stanford University Libraries
Department of Art & Art History
Stanford Arts Office of the Associate Dean

Moses Li donation

At a small ceremony held in the East Asia Library on Thursday, September 8, 2016, Dr. Moses Li, Stanford alumnus, CEO and President of the CUA (Holding) USA LLC, CUA (Holding) HKG Ltd., the Sino-America Medical Foundation, and Moses Li Medical Education Foundation, donated the first 13 volumes of the forthcoming series of Transcripts of the Collection of President Chiang Kai-shek: Chronological Events.

In recent years, there has been an increase in research interest on Chiang Kai-shek and modern Chinese history. East Asia library’s extensive collection pertinent to Chiang Kai-shek and archival materials such as Chiang Kai-shek diaries held in the Hoover Library & Archives have attracted many scholars from around the world. However, previously published Chiang Kai-shek’s Chronological Event Transcripts is a scanned edition. Many scholars have found them difficult to use since Chiang’s handwriting was often illegible and without punctuation, with marks or notes on original documents. The Moses Li Medical Education Foundation sponsored and supported its re-editing and publishing project. Dr. Moses Li also serves as the chief editor of the new series. When the project is completed, anticipated in 2 years, the series will consist of more than 250 volumes.

Dr. Jidong Yang, the head of East Asia Library, received the donation and acknowledge Dr. Li’s generosity and contribution to scholarship.