Path to Harmony: The United States and China, 1784-1979

Path to Harmony: The United States and China, 1784-1979, an exhibition curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, chronicles the longstanding relationship between the United States and China, beginning with initial contact and extending through normalization of relations. This exhibition features more than 40 images that tell the story of the merchants, immigrants, entrepreneurs, diplomats, explorers, and students who forged the friendship between these two countries.

Path to Harmony highlights the way in which the United States and China have developed a stable bond based on national interests, trade, cultural exchanges, diplomacy, and the equality of nations. Although there have been significant diversions in the path to that end, the United States and China now engage as two of the world’s most powerful countries while acknowledging their distinct identities.

Path to Harmony was made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Raymond Lum, former Librarian for Western Languages at the Harvard-Yenching Library.

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Project summary

Path to Harmony: The United States and China, 1784-1979
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: China, United States
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Public Sector