Mayling Soong and America: A Photographic Exhibit -- July 14-18, 2003
From July 14-18 the US-China Policy Foundation hosted a photographic exhibit in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building to commemorate Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's historic visit to the United States in 1943. The exhibit was divided into several sections, covering Madame Chiang's early life, her trip to the United States in 1943, with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington DC, and photos showing Madame Chiang's ongoing relationship with the US. Nearly 100 pictures were displayed in the exhibit, with accompanying descriptions offering insights about the historical significance of each section of the exhibit.
The Foundation also hosted a reception on the occasion of our exhibit, with over 100 distinguished guests invited. The reception included a speech from the Honorable Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao. Secretary Chao spoke of her personal admiration for Madame Chiang, noting that Madame Chiang blazed the trail for Asian-American women, like Secretary Chow herself, to act as important figures in government and politics. Secretary Chow also discussed the significance of the 1943 visit for Asian-Americans in general, and how the visit helped to forge a lasting relationship between Madame Chiang and the United States.
The exhibit is scheduled to make the same journey as Madame Chiang, with its next stop in New York city. The photographs will continue on to Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.