The TRC, the only one of its kind in the United States, was established in December 2004 to provide a specialized collection of resources for advanced study and research on Taiwan and is open to all researchers actively engaged in the study of Taiwan regardless of institutional affiliation.
Some TRC Facts
- The TRC quickly met with the same outstanding success as its sister resource center, the China Documentation Center. The TRC has become an equally indispensable resource for GW’s faculty and students as well as scholars and policy analysts from DC and around the world;
- Only at GW will researchers find access to seven major full-text databases providing full runs of important newspapers of record; over 450 important periodicals on economic, political and social developments in Taiwan; and documents and other cultural material on Taiwan’s history; the collection of databases is unmatched by any other institution in the United States;
- The TRC’s holdings include: the Taiwan wenxian congkan, a collection of materials on Taiwan’s history, geography, culture, politics, economy, society, and laws from the Tang Dynasty through the Japanese colonial period; the Taiwan wenxian huikan, a series of Taiwan-related materials collected on mainland China; and a major collection of “dangwai” opposition press publications, the product of underground protest movements that gripped the country throughout the late 1970s and 1980s in efforts to establish a true multi-party political system; the materials are indispensable to anyone studying the development of democracy in Taiwan;
- The TRC holds an impressive collection of Taiwan government documents made possible through the growing relationship between the TRC and Taiwan’s Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) of the Executive Yuan;
- Exchange programs with Taiwan’s National Central Library enhance the TRC’s unique collections;
- Strong English-language collections developed over decades round out the TRC’s holdings.