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Stanford University is suing the descendants of former Chinese Nationalist Party leader Chiang Kai-shek in an attempt to resolve their fractious attempts to take possession of his diaries. The suit says the school doesn’t want to seize control of the papers—it just wants to know who to give them back to.
Chiang’s diaries were loaned to Stanford’s Hoover Institution for fifty years by Chiang’s grandson’s wife in 2004. They’ve since become the subject of a long-running dispute between Chiang’s relations in Taiwan and a mainland Chinese woman who said she is Chiang’s adopted daughter from his first marriage.
Now Stanford University is joining the fracas. The school’s board has asked descendants to “litigate amongst themselves,” Bloomberg reported, citing a suit filed by the university on Sept. 20. “Plaintiff is ready, willing and able to return” the papers “to the person(s) or entity(ies) legally entitled to it or parts of it, but under the circumstances, plaintiff does not know and cannot determine to whom” they belong, the lawsuit says.
» via Quartz