50 States, 50 Stories

The relationship between the world two largest economies can sometimes feel divorced from everyday life, but the US-China relationship has a real, tangible impact on millions of Americans every day. The two countries' trading relationship supports US jobs, as US companies export billions in goods and services to China every year. Underneath the topline data of how much the United States as a whole exports to China are a trove of stories of the individuals whose lives depend on the relationship. From folks who work for Fortune 500 companies to small companies that specialize in things like paint or caskets, about more than a million US jobs are dependent on US-China trade. To dig into the more granular level, click on a state below to see what that area exports most to China and how many jobs are supported by those exports:

USCBC is actively working to highlight more voices from state and local stakeholders on the value of trade and economic engagement with China. If you are interested in collaborating with us on 50 States, 50 Stories, feel free to reach out to us.

12/02/2021 By Doug Barry  

As a foodie paradise, Hong Kong’s gastronomy scene is a tough nut to crack. But Garrett Brands, which has existed in one form or another since the 1930s, did it not with Michelin stars but corn—gourmet popcorn.

Garrett Brands can be found at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where transit passengers line up, attracted by the Pavlovian effect of the popcorn scent wafting through the terminal. Residents of Chicago are served by 13 shops in the metro area.

In 1946, the Garrett...

11/10/2021 By Doug Barry  

Jeanne DeMund of Seattle, Washington, owned a business that combined Chinese manufacturing skill and her marketing savvy. The result was a 25-year run of success and the creation of hundreds of jobs in the United States and China.

Does she regret not creating all of the jobs in the United States? “No,” she says. “When we formed the company many years ago and started shipping helmets from a basement storage unit in Seattle, the cost of making the helmets in the states would have...

11/09/2021 By Doug Barry  

Keith Hu wants to be optimistic. He has spent most of his professional life working for companies involved in US-China trade. “Trade is out of the realm of commerce now,” said Hu, who came to the United States from Taiwan when he was a child. “Today it’s geopolitics.”

Hu’s is currently the director of international operations for Northwest Cherry Growers, headquartered in Yakima, Washington, or about 2 hours’ drive from Seattle. Prior to that, he helped a US toy company find...

12/02/2021
By Doug Barry   As a foodie paradise, Hong Kong’s gastronomy scene is a tough nut to crack. But Garrett Brands, which has...
11/10/2021
By Doug Barry   Jeanne DeMund of Seattle, Washington, owned a business that combined Chinese manufacturing skill and her...
11/09/2021
By Doug Barry   Keith Hu wants to be optimistic. He has spent most of his professional life working for companies involved in...
11/02/2021
By Doug Barry    Reputation management gurus have long trumpeted the importance of dazzling customers with the quality and...
10/26/2021
By Doug Barry   Ben Zhang sits in his office for yet another Zoom meeting. The weather outside is mostly cloudy as usual in...
10/06/2021
By Doug Barry   You may be aware of huge purchases of American grains by Chinese buyers, but Chinese consumers also like our...
09/28/2021
By Doug Barry   The makers of Almond Roca, the almond-crusted toffee and chocolate in the crinkly gold wrapper, are planning...
09/15/2021
By Doug Barry   David Shogren has always liked to eat good food. So, it made sense to him to go from eating to selling it. Food...
09/09/2021
By Doug Barry   Hong Kong has been in the eye of an economic and political typhoon, and the circulating winds are growing...
09/08/2021
50 States, 50 Stories is a USCBC initiative to provide American sub-government organizations monthly roundups with our...
08/13/2021
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07/22/2021
50 States, 50 Stories is a new USCBC initiative to provide American sub-government organizations monthly roundups with our...
07/19/2021
By Doug Barry China is Michigan’s third largest export market, generating $2.8 billion in 2020. Like other states, the range of...
07/07/2021
By Doug Barry A few years ago in Silicon Valley, it was not unusual to find the flag of the People’s Republic of China flying...
06/10/2021
In 2020, the global economy underwent significant shifts, and the US-China commercial relationship was no exception. Early in...
06/10/2021
By Doug Barry Fifty states, fifty stories of trade relations with China. What distinguishes these stories from the national...
06/10/2021
The trade relationship between China and the United States has been characterized by ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory...
06/10/2021
The US-China commercial relationship is at a crucial juncture. Over $500 billion in reciprocal tariffs remain in place,...