Our Mission

To broaden understanding and build trust between the people of the United States and China through education, philanthropy and collaboration.

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Past Programs

The 1990 Institute runs education and philanthropic programs in both China and the United States. We are focused on developing and expanding education and exchange programs to broaden understanding and build trust between Americans and Chinese.

“China Now” for Teachers

The 2014 Teachers Workshop was conducted on August 4-5 on the topic of "Balancing Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability" in San Mateo, California. Read about this year's Teachers Workshop .


Videomakers age 13-25 and secondary school teachers can win over $30,000 in cash and prizes! Launched in 2015, our "Youth Voices on Chinaā€¯ video contest is now an international contest featuring submissions from the United States and China. Our mission is to encourage next generations to think more deeply about US-China relations and broaden their cross-cultural understanding, while helping hone their storytelling and social media prowess -- valued skills in today's global workplace. Check out videos from our 2018 semi-finalists and finalists!