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Overview of Programs

Founded 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 equal 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.

In 2020, the 1990 Institute embarked on a major review of its purpose and mission. As a result, we are pleased to announce the launch of a series of exciting new programs.

Current Programs

To support a newly expanded mission in 2020, the 1990 Institute is launching several new initiatives for the coming decade. 


Our new video series explores two important facets of life for Asian Americans – it brings to light diverse stories of fellow Americans with an Asian heritage, and it also provides information on modern China and how the current perception of China is affecting Asians in America.

This video series is a multi-part, multimedia programming initiative with videos and discussions to engage a wide variety of people. The goal is to provide a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of the contemporary issues affecting Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations.

Asian Americans comprise one of the fastest growing groups in America and this is an exciting time in American history. We aim to reframe the conversation around, and therefore the perception of, Asian Americans from being a group separate and distinct from the rest of America to one that is recognized as a vital part of the fabric of the American experience.

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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