2014 Annual Board Meeting Date is Set

Our next annual board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

We will be holding elections for new board members as well as electing officers for 2014 – 2015. In addition, we will be proposing some changes to the bylaws. We hope you will be able to join us at this important board meeting.


Chinese New Year Concert at San Francisco Symphony

Join 1990 Institute members at the ever popular San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Enjoy the pre-concert Festival Reception featuring lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy, ribbon dancing, tea bars, children’s entertainment and “lucky” red envelopes. After the concert, festivities continue at City Hall with the Imperial Dinner. Buy tickets to the concert and dinner before they are sold out!



C. B. Sung 1925 – 2013

Chien Bor Sung

With deep sadness, we share with you news of the passing of Mr. C. B. Sung, our co-founder and former chairman. You can read C. B. Sung’s obituary here.

CB co-founded the 1990 Institute to promote better relations between the United States and China. This is still our mission today, and CB’s legacy.

With the agreement and support of CB’s family, we have established the CB Sung Memorial Fund.

You can read about C. B.’s role in the founding of our organization in our May 2011 Newsletter, “Tribute to Our Founders.”

Tributes and Condolences:

“I am so sorry to hear of CB’s passing. He was my partner and dear friend for many years. Words cannot express my sadness and sympathy for all and especially dear Beulah.” – Adlai Stevenson III, former Senator, IL

“Please accept my deepest condolences again for C. B.’s passing.  He was a great man – an exceptional entrepreneur, a superb executive who brings the best in anyone he met, a kindest gentleman and a very loving person.  I considered my honor and privilege to be associated with him during the many years we collaborated on The 1990 Institute. He provided us with his vision and leadership; but, at the same time showed us his respect for our thinking on a variety of issues.  It was a pleasure to work under him.” – Roz Koo, President, The 1990 Institute 

“I was very impressed by C.B. long before I met him in 1990. As with many great men, he left his mark in monuments, such as the Great Wall Hotel I stayed at before it was finished in 1984. I recall being amazed by how such a huge, ultramodern structure could be placed in the ancient city of Beijing so as to blend rather than startle. Having had the extreme pleasure to work with him over more than twenty years and observe his intriguing interaction with dozens of American and foreign friends of China, I note that he also left his mark on all our psyches, emotions, and motivations. He is the only person in my life with whom I can recall never having any reason to question his judgment or find fault in the genuineness of his concern and clarity of vision when faced with complex problems requiring discrete resolutions….He will be missed by all who knew him and, indeed, by all those who did not but whose world has been improved by his life’s work.” – James G. Luce, former member, Board of Directors, The 1990 Institute

“During my formative years from 1951-1958, C. B. had provided crucial support, guidance, and mentorship to me that literally changed and shaped my life… Although career path and distance lessened our interactions over the years, he will always be the big brother I never had and the mentor I was lucky enough to encounter…CCTV characterized C. B. as “the man with the sixth sense about China (from the Great Wall Hotel to the 1990 Institute)”. I’ll go much further to say he has a sixth sense about everything. With deep condolences and sincere gratitude.” – Prof. Larry Yu-Chi Ho, Harvard University

“It was C. B. who first induced me to return to mainland China to lecture on architectural design…The trip got me hooked on China ever since.  I credit that to C.B. I am most grateful to him….Then at a Christmas party at my home in 1989, C. B. proposed the formation of The 1990 Institute, which now has a distinguished history and reputation. C. B. was Chairman until our jointly timed retirement in 2011. C. B. as a leader and inspirer deeply affected my own dedication to The 1990 Institute’s Children’s Art and Environment Project. Commenting on my effort to persuade China National Children’s Center to initiate an International Children’s Mural Painting Park, he patted me on my shoulder and said, “There is an old Chinese saying, xing xing zhi huo, ke yi liao yuan (a single spark can start a prairie fire.)” C. B. knew well how to spot potential sparks in his friends and colleagues, indeed.” – William Ming Sing Lee, former member, Board of Directors, The 1990 Institute

“Hang-Sheng and I are so saddened by C. B.’s passing!!! He was a great, great man, and a very good friend. We were all privileged to have known him.” – Angela and Hang-Sheng Cheng, Co-Founder, The 1990 Institute