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:

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12/05/2022

By Doug Barry

 

George Wang has product and business ideas daily. Most remain in his head, and a few have launched but didn’t last long. One got traction, and today is E-BI International, a contract engineering and manufacturing company whose clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Wang’s story begins in Beijing where he grew up. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University. Enamored with the United States, he arrived in Seattle on August...

11/03/2022

By Doug Barry

It’s a long way from Russia to South Carolina, but Inna Prikhodko made the journey as a child so she and her family could escape religious repression rampant in the Soviet Union at the time. “My grandfather was a Christian and got sent to Siberia for his beliefs,” she said.  

After he was released, he wrote letters to the United...

11/02/2022

Jalona Falkner does lots of Zoom meetings. She conducts one where her two young children occasionally pop into frame to ask, politely, when they can go to the swimming pool. 

Their mom has been interested in China since she was a little girl growing up in Chicago. Her company, The China Connect, was a lifetime in the making. “I was the little Black girl always interested in China,” she recalls. 

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12/05/2022
By Doug Barry   George Wang has product and business ideas daily. Most remain in his head, and a few have launched but didn’t...
11/03/2022
By Doug Barry It’s a long way from Russia to South Carolina, but Inna Prikhodko made the journey as a child so she and her...
11/02/2022
Jalona Falkner does lots of Zoom meetings. She conducts one where her two young children occasionally pop into frame to ask,...
10/31/2022
By Doug Barry Kurt Lammon’s dad bought a business so that he and his sons could remain close by working together. It worked....
10/18/2022
  By Doug Barry John Kent, a professor at the University of Arkansas in the Sam M. Walton College of Business J.B. Hunt...
10/18/2022
By Doug Barry Invasive carp, also known as Asian carp, were brought to the United States by farmers in the 1970s to help keep...
10/17/2022
By Doug Barry Magnets may have saved the US auto industry. Yes, a version of that horseshoe-shaped piece of metal that...
09/28/2022
By Doug Barry Like many Chinese students who come to the United States to study, Stella Xu arrived in the 1990s, attracted by...
09/14/2022
By Doug Barry Parts on airplanes wear out and break just like any other mechanical device. Where do airlines get their...
09/12/2022
By Doug Barry Darin Parker’s export business to China recently topped sales worth $1 billion. That’s not a misprint. His...
09/07/2022
By Doug Barry Paul Swenson has international business in his blood. For 15 years as a representative of US state governors’...
09/01/2022
By Doug Barry Coni Lefferts has a good eye for what attracts buyers to a product. She cut her business teeth with a sales...
08/31/2022
By Doug Barry Many people who’ve shared their stories with us spent years living, studying, and working in China. As a result,...
08/15/2022
By Doug Barry Jay Foreman started his Florida-based toy business Basic Fun! for the simple reason that toys made him happy as a...
08/01/2022
By Doug Barry Robert Fisch is conducting his consulting business from Florida, waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic because he can...
07/26/2022
By Doug Barry Policy entrepreneurs are plentiful in America. You can find them everywhere, devoting ideas and energy to getting...
07/22/2022
By Doug Barry Furniture manufacturing in North Carolina took off after the Civil War, fueled by access to local hardwoods,...
07/08/2022
By Doug Barry The principles of project management are remarkably similar across the world, with some minor cultural...
06/24/2022
By Doug Barry China seemed like a national afterthought in the mid-1980s. America was the dominant world superpower and Japan...
06/09/2022
By Doug Barry Like many entrepreneurs, Dr. Penelope Prime saw a need and filled it. She observed in the 1980s that Atlanta didn...

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