The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. has opened a fascinating new exhibit on the Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail, March 6, 2014 – January 4, 2015. In both English and Mandarin the exhibit’s landing page states:
“Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.”
A museum web page traces the history of China and America’s exchange of goods, ideas, diplomacy and stamps through the stories behind the exhibition’s envelopes and postage.