“What is a road?It is something trampled out of a place where once there was no road; it is made from a place where once there were only brambles and thickets.”——Lu Xun
Time：Aug 9 – Sep 7, 2019
Opening：19:30 P.m. on Aug 9,2019
Venue：F.3 -B.1 the Second Avenue of Rain Town, KunmingTCGNordica International Culture Center
Organizers：U.S. Consulate General Chengdu TCGNordica International Culture Center
Officials and citizens in the United States and the People’s Republic of China had no pre-ordained path to follow as they sought to establish diplomatic relations in the 1970s.It was not certain then that we would embark on a relationship highlighted by engagement in the decades that followed.Nonetheless, a pathway was forged through the wilderness that has become wider and more well-trodden than anyone could have ever imagined when formal diplomatic relations were established on January 1,1979.Indeed, engagement between our countries has gone from something that was carefully managed, high-level, and rare to an occurrence so frequent in business, science, academia, politics, tourism, and everyday life that we often take it for granted.The road created by our predecessors-while not wholly smooth, rarely straight, and at times challenging to travel-has contributed to prosperity for the people of both countries, and the whole world, through exchange of people, ideas, information, culture, and commerce.Today, the future path of our bilateral relationship is also uncertain.The road we choose to create will be hugely consequential for the people of the United States, the People’s Republic of China, and the world.We owe it to our contemporaries and to those who will come after us to proceed in a way that honors the magnitude of that potential, even while we remain attentive to protecting the ideals and interests of our respective countries.The images in this exhibition, curated by Meridian International Center with support from the U.S.Embassy in Beijing, exemplifies many aspects of engagement between our countries.I hope thatvisitors to it will not only reflect upon the past, but also ponder what photographs we might display another 40 years from now on the 80th anniversary of our formal diplomatic relations.The possibilities are almost endless.The brambles and thickets await our best efforts.
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studiesand Harvard China Fund
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, we invite you to an exhibition opening at 19:30 August 9th 2019. We would be honored by your presence!