Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the Postal Service and Philately

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Duke Kahanamoku stamp, August 24, 2002

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

Two stamps featuring Ruth Asawa wire sculptures
Ruth Asawa was a groundbreaking artist who is primarily recognized for her beautiful and intricate wire sculptures.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar with two distinct postage stamp series.

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March 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This exhibition looked at the relationship of China and the U.S. through the study of stamps and mail.

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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.

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Ruth Asawa and a sheet of stamps showing her artwork
Learn about the fascinating life of Ruth Asawa, a Japanese American artist whose sculptures are featured on a set of postage stamps issued by the USPS in August 2020.
Object Spotlight

The U.S. Post Office Department twice depicted Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), founding father and first president of the Republic of China, on postage stamps. Politics motivated the American government to issue the stamps. Each design was controversial, but for different reasons. The Post Office Department, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, Department of State, embassies, presidents, artists, and citizens had strong opinions and, only sometimes, influence.

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