Message from
Meridian International Center

I am pleased to introduce you to Path to Harmony: The United States and China, 1784-1979, an exhibition curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy.

For more than 35 years, Meridian International Center has created innovative culture-based programs and services that provide neutral environments to foster international understanding and collaboration. The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) employs a unique approach to diplomacy by engaging the public and private sectors through exchange programs, educational initiatives, and compelling exhibitions.

Path to Harmony reveals the longstanding relationship between the United States and China. The merchants, immigrants, entrepreneurs, diplomats, explorers, and students that are highlighted in this exhibition illustrate how the friendship between both countries has been complex, yet fruitful. Despite our different cultures and ideas, the United States and China have a respect for one another that provides common ground for continued exchanges.

I would like to thank the Public Affairs staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for giving us the opportunity to embark on this creative partnership. I am also grateful to our co-curator, Dr. Raymond Lum, for his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm.

Lastly, I am delighted to recognize the MCCD team for their remarkable storytelling abilities: Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs; Terry K. Harvey, Vice President of Cultural Programs; Lindsay Amini, Director of Cultural Programs; Athena Hsieh, Cultural Programs Coordinator; and Stefanie Beaumont, Project Researcher.

Welcome to the show!

Ambassador Stuart Holliday
President and CEO
Meridian International Center