San Diego Chinese Historical Museum to Host United States Debut of World in Porcelain This Fall

August 28, 2018


San Diego, CA, August 27, 2018 – An exhibit made up of more than 100 exclusive personally owned porcelain pieces spanning from three centuries (mid 1500s to early 1800s) of trade history is making its United States debut at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM). The World in Porcelain exhibit will be on view from September 15 to January 19, 2019 at the SDCHM Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building at 328 J Street. The pieces in the collection have become the most iconic products of Chinese export porcelain due to its scarcity.

“This exhibit will certainly be monumental for the museum and San Diego because each porcelain piece tells the story of how Western countries became enamored with Chinese civilization,” said Michael Yee, Chairman of the SDCHM Board of Directors. “The museum is looking forward to showcasing some of the last porcelain pieces that captivated European and Asian audiences for centuries.”

Exhibit guests will be able to view different pieces that led to the integration of Chinese style in Western countries, such as:

  • A porcelain in blue and white, a style known as the Kraak, that became very popular throughout Europe in the 17th century
  • A jar showing eight men saluting Laozi, the founder of Taoism
  • A Western inspired cup and saucer set decorated with a basket full of flowers
  • A plate painted with peonies, representing wealth and luck, and a rooster, representing promotion

China had an expansive trade with other countries along the Maritime Silk Road, and porcelain represented Chinese culture in other countries the most. Each piece in this collection was a part of the Ming dynasty trade, which linked the eastern and western culture. Porcelain, China’s primary trading export, helped shape and influence China, as well as promoted the spread of Chinese culture throughout the world, this historic trade era is illustrated throughout each piece in the World in Porcelain exhibit.

People can be the first in the United States to view the exhibit at the museum’s opening reception for the public on September 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the SDCHM Chuang Archive and Leaning Center. For more information, visit

About the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum:

Founded in 1986 as the San Diego Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) opened in 1996 and is one of few US institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese-American experience and to promoting Chinese history, art and culture. In 30 years as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building downtown in what was once San Diego’s Chinatown into a state-of-the-art multi-site museum that plays a critical role in the cultural life of the San Diego community. SDCHM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts, and hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. SDCHM’s mission is to educate and inspire by preserving and celebrating the richness of Chinese history, art, culture and the contributions of Chinese Americans. For more information about the museum, call 619-388-9888 or visit