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Program Overview

Founded over 30 years ago, the 1990 Institute’s mission is to promote the development of a constructive relationship between the U.S. and China and to champion fair and equitable treatment for Asian Americans. Since our organization’s early days, working in collaboration with a network of advisors – those from prestigious academic and governmental institutions in addition to accomplished business leaders – the 1990 Institute has developed and implemented programs in the U.S. and China that promote cross-cultural understanding. Maintaining objectivity and nonpartisanship are the underlying principles that guide the choice and design of our programs. Education, which leads to understanding, is at the core of our programming.

Legacy Programs

The 1990 Institute continues to build on years of experience designing and implementing programs that match the evolving relationship between the United States and China (and what is relevant to Americans today).  As China evolved from a developing country to an emerging economy, and then an economic powerhouse, our organization pivoted to new programs to take on current topics and issues that matter to our audience.  


The following video is an overview of a few of our most prominent programs from 1990 to 2012:

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