"National Memories," a photo exhibition on China-US collaboration in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater during World War II, opened at Honolulu's Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on March 14. The exhibit displays over 100 photos mainly taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the CBI Theater, and also planes that were flown during WWII. Photo: Yu Yan
The "National Memories" Traveling Exhibition, which presents more than 100 historic pictures of US-China collaboration during World War II, kicked off at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on March 14.
Most of the photos on show were taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China-Burma-India Theater between 1943 and 1945.
"National Memories" is supported by the China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA), Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Rhythm Media Group, Inc., and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
He Yafei, deputy chairman of the COEA, sent his greetings via video, saying that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and this exhibition is a great way to remember that period of history.
Meanwhile, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced March 14, 2015 as the Day of National Memories.
"The historic friendship between China and the US in WWII was significant for the outcome of the war, and continues to resonate with citizens of both countries," said Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Director of Education Shauna Tonkin. "This exhibit portrays the events and emotions of that era through remarkable photographs that bring this history to life."
Ronald Hays, retired US Navy admiral and board chairman of the museum, Jan Berris, vice president of the National Committee on US-China Relations, Sun Lushan, Chinese deputy consul-general in Los Angeles, Kenneth De Hoff, executive director of the museum, Xie Yining, president of Rhythm Media Group, Robert Yu, chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and more than 300 other guests attended the opening ceremony.
The "National Memories" exhibit will run till July 31, serving as the first stop of its 2015 US tour.