Cultural Preservation

Artwork depicting lives of Chinese empresses (© The Palace Museum)

China’s last empresses debut in U.S. exhibit

Beijing's Palace Museum has lent the Smithsonian paintings, embroidered gowns and other items dating from China's Qing Dynasty for an exhibit on empresses.
Aerial image of mosque site in China (© 2019 DigitalGlobe)

China destroys mosques and Uighur culture

As part of their crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, the Chinese government has destroyed or converted Muslim mosques.
Family eating at table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Uighurs in America celebrate Ramadan

In America, Uighur Muslims celebrate Ramadan and observe Islamic traditions. However, in Xinjiang, China, these practices are illegal.
Three young schoolchildren walking on road (© QxQ Images/Alamy)

Teaching English in Japan shapes lives, including the teachers’

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program gives Americans and others a chance to live in Japan while teaching English. Here's one person's experience.
People walking over notecards left on train tracks (© Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

U.S. special envoy joins march in Poland to commemorate Holocaust

U.S. Special Envoy Elan Carr joined others to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the sites of a particularly notorious Nazi concentration camp.
Candles in the shape of the Star of David (© Romans Klevcovs/Alamy)

Americans observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every year remembrance activities in the U.S. commemorate victims of the Holocaust, and participants commit themselves to preventing future genocide.
Bouquets of sympathy flowers leaning against a wall (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Notre Dame bells ‘will sound again’

Americans express their sorrow over the fire at Notre Dame and pledge support in the repair of this "irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization."
Inside of Notre Dame filled with people (© Morse/AP Images)

America’s love for Notre Dame

The iconic French cathedral Notre Dame de Paris has a long history of importance to the people of America, as illustrated in these beautiful photos.
Notre Dame cathedral in flames (© Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

As Notre Dame burns, White House sends words of comfort to...

As the fire continued to burn at Notre Dame, White House officials shared their sorrow with the people of France.