Today, China and the United States are the world's two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.
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.
Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.
The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.