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Asian and Pacific Americans in the Postal Service and Philately

37 cent stamp with an illustration of Duke Kahanamoku and surfers

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 2017

The National Postal Museum celebrates Asian and Pacific American history by providing online resources about the role of Asian and Pacific Americans in the postal service and philately.


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Pacific Exchange: China and U.S. Mail

(Physical Exhibit: March 6, 2014 — January 4, 2015)
This exhibit looks at the relationship of the two countries through the study of stamps and mail. The sections about commerce and culture focus on the decades between 1860 and 1980, including very rare proofs of stamps from the China Bureau of Engraving and Printing (1912-1928). The section on community tells the story of Chinese Americans from the Gold Rush to today’s celebration of Lunar New Year.


37 cent stamp with an illustration of Duke Kahanamoku and surfers

People and Places of the Pacific

As one of the world’s most diverse nations, the United States has been strongly influenced by many different peoples and cultures, including those of the Pacific Islands and Pacific Rim. Accordingly, U.S. postage stamps celebrate the people and places of the Pacific as an integral part of America’s history, and culture. Pacific Islanders hail from some of the farthest reaches of the world. Beginning with the Pacific Islands and ending with the nations on the Pacific Rim, this exhibition highlights the political and cultural relationship between these nations and the United States through the medium of postage stamps.