Conclusion and Further Reading

20 cent Hawai’i Statehood stamp with illustration of a Polynesian canoe and bird
20¢ Hawai’i Statehood issue single, 1984
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As one of the world’s most racially and ethnically diverse nations, the United States has been strongly influenced by many different peoples and cultures, including Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. In recent years, the United States Postal Service has increased the visibility and representation of these people and places on U.S. postage stamps, and this trend is likely to continue.

The postage stamps and other objects presented in this virtual exhibition provide insight into the political relations and significant historical events between the United States and the nations of the Pacific. These stamps acknowledge with gratitude and respect the rich heritage and culture of the region and the contributions its immigrants have made to the United States.

For Further Reading

  • The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
  • Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures by Matt K. Matsuda (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki (Little, Brown and Company, 1989)
  • Asian Americans: An Interpretive History by Sucheng Chan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975)
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The natural environment plays an important role in the culture and traditions of Hawaii. As seen in the Hawaiian Rain forests issue, the places, vegetation, and wildlife of Hawaii create a beautiful landscape that makes it unique.
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44¢ Hawaiian Rain Forest pane of 10, 2010