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.

America-China Exchange (ACE)

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America-China Exchange (ACE) is an annual cross-cultural exchange program that brings American teachers and students to China to teach English to Chinese teachers and students, while learning Chinese language and culture. The program includes day trips to nearby places of interest, visits with local families, and participation in cultural activities.

This exchange program has been conducted for a number of years at the Qiaoqi Experimental Primary School in Jiangsu Province.  We are currently developing a second program in Shaanxi Province for 2015.

Every other year, a group of students from Qiaoqi visits the U.S. and stays with American host families.

The Institute has provided teacher fellowships for this program, and plans to raise funds for student scholarships in the future.

See application information for the 2015 ACE program in Qiaoqi.

Children’s Art and Environment Projects

Children’s Art and Environment Projects (CAEP) was established in partnership with the China National Children’s Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

A competition on children’s art on the environment was held in 2000 to connect children in the U.S. and China, and to raise awareness of each other’s environmental issues. One million Chinese children participated, and their art was shared in museums and schools across the U.S.

Since 2007, we have sponsored an annual International Mural Painting Festival in Beijing with participation by Chinese and international students.

We have also conducted Jazz Workshops in Beijing with American musicians and Chinese music students.

The Institute has provided two fellowships each year since 2007 for U.S. teachers to take students to China on cross-cultural exchange programs. See information about the 2014 Magic Moments Fellowship here.

Microfinance Program

The Institute has helped finance over 14,000 micro loans totaling over RMB 44 million (US$7 million) to impoverished families through the Pucheng County Women’s Sustainable Development Association (PCWSDA) in Shaanxi Province. Since 2007, the Institute has donated approximately $500,000, and has also provided governance, management advice, and oversight.

Today PCWSDA has a loan portfolio of over 2,100 borrowers with an average loan amount of $450. The program has maintained a 100% repayment rate since inception. It is financially, managerially, and operationally sustainable, and has won accolades from the Chinese Microfinance Association, the Grameen Foundation, and Citicorp.

The PCWSDA microfinance program is one of the largest nonprofit microfinance institutions in China. PCWSDA also presented at the Grameen Foundation conference on “Micro Credit Performance Management and Client Protection Training.”

Spring Bud Girls’ Education

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Spring Bud girls graduate from senior high school in 2010

Since 2001, the Institute has provided funding to educate 1,000 impoverished girls in rural Shaanxi Province from 4th grade through middle school, high school or college.

All 1,000 girls graduated from middle school (9th grade in China). 275 girls graduated from high school, while 200 completed vocational schools. 170 girls are now attending college, majoring in disciplines such as medicine, law, computer science, engineering, mathematics, education, and foreign languages.

“China’s Growing Global Impact” Teachers Workshop


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This “China’s Growing Global Impact”, is an annual summer workshop for U.S. middle and high school teachers on modern China.   Current California state curriculum standards do not cover the last 30 to 40 years of Chinese history, a period when China transformed itself from a third world country into one of the world’s leading political and economic powers. This workshop hopes to bridge that gap, and gives teachers resources to add to their classroom curriculum to enhance their students’ understanding of today’s China.

The 2014 Workshop was conducted on August 4-5 this year on the topic of “Balancing Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for China’s New Leadership”. See 2014 Teachers Workshop for more information on this workshop.

The inaugural workshop in August 2013  had prominent China experts presented diverse and balanced views on “China in Transition” and “Current Social and Political Issues”. 40 teachers from 35 secondary schools and 8 Bay Area county school districts attended the workshop. Curriculum development was based on China in Transition: Economic Development, Migration, and Education, a publication of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education.

Watch a highlight video of the 2013 workshop! Find videos of all the 2013 workshop sessions on our YouTube channel