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.

06/24/2022

By Doug Barry

China seemed like a national afterthought in the mid-1980s. America was the dominant world superpower and Japan was rising. China was just reviving after 150 years of international conflict and domestic turmoil. 

Kimberly Kirkendall entered an international business program at Ohio State University. She was the first business major to minor in Chinese. “Everyone thought it was stupid to study Chinese,”...

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’t have a place that focused on the study of China, even within the universities. A few years later she founded the China Research Center (CRC) with seven other specialists in economics, political science, geography, and history. After 16 years as director, Dr. Prime stepped down and the center elected a new director, Dr. Hanchao Lu, whose story we’ll get to shortly. Dr....

06/08/2022

By Doug Barry

“If you have a business plan in the United States and China is not part of that plan, then you don’t have a really good plan.” Philadelphia native Ken Wong said and deeply believes that. A serial creator of businesses, his latest venture is a partnership with Jeff Ji in NavPac Advisors, a consultancy helping US companies enter and grow in China and other markets in Asia. 

One of his goals is to challenge the myth that China is way too big a market for the smaller...

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...
06/08/2022
By Doug Barry “If you have a business plan in the United States and China is not part of that plan, then you don’t have a...
05/17/2022
By Doug Barry Many people never tire of hearing stories about small businesses succeeding in an increasingly consolidated...
05/10/2022
By Doug Barry In China's business and community circles, William D. Frazier is a visionary with a purpose in Shanghai. He’s a...
05/05/2022
By Doug Barry US and other brands want an online presence in China. They’ve heard about “netizens,” the army-sized community of...
05/02/2022
By Doug Barry At Houston rodeo, Jacob Cluver leaves a dusty cattle pen to take a reporter’s phone call. Cluver explains he is...
04/29/2022
By Doug Barry Derrick Porter has a knack for looking at situations and seeing opportunities. Twenty years ago, he marveled at...
04/12/2022
By Doug Barry The first dollop of Bassetts Ice Cream was served in Salem, New Jersey during the first year of the Civil War....
04/11/2022
By Doug Barry As we hear more stories about Americans doing business in China, one common element is the number of people who...
03/31/2022
By Doug Barry Jim Wu arrived in Houston from China not long after the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a stranger in a strange land...
03/22/2022
By Doug Barry How do you clean a printed circuit card or semiconductor? Hint: It’s not with a simple green liquid and it doesn’...
03/04/2022
By Doug Barry $250. Mitch Thomson’s dad bet him that sum for every semester he took and passed Chinese language in high school...
02/24/2022
By Doug Barry Many state governments participate in trade with China by providing technical assistance to smaller companies and...
02/15/2022
By Doug Barry Su Ye is a numbers person. As chief economist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, she keeps track of...
02/07/2022
By Doug Barry   Successful business with China often takes a village, especially if you own a small or midsize company. If you...
01/31/2022
Jeff Ji, president of U-Combination Technology, an IT service provider, is an entrepreneurial dynamo who wakes up most mornings...
01/18/2022
Public universities are often a bellwether for the state of the US-China relationship. When times are good, universities see...
01/10/2022
By Doug Barry Like many industries, the supply chains for businesses involved in printing and packaging are global. It’s no...
01/05/2022
By Doug Barry Times are tough but Washington companies want trade with China to expand. Hundreds of companies in the state work...

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