The 1990 Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-political, not-for-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mission & Overview

Founded in 1990, the 1990 Institute’s mission is to broaden the understanding and build trust between the people of the United States and China through education, philanthropy and collaboration. As the two countries have the most important bilateral relationship in the world, the Institute strives to enhance positive relations with China by inspiring more Americans to learn about contemporary China and to seek balanced view points. Through cross-cultural exchange, teacher- and youth-focused education programs, our public speaker series & programs, and one-to-one connections with expert thought leaders and business executives with cross-border acumen, we aim to foster a more China-savvy, globally-minded generation of leaders, citizens and workforce talent — a new generation who can work together with their counterparts in China to address the world’s most pressing challenges, and ultimately, shape a more peaceful, collaborative, and prosperous world. From Hollywood and food, to business trends and social issues, we continually bring together a community of students, educators, and professionals through our programs to help them engage with and learn from diverse perspectives of the U.S.-China relationship. Embracing and educating youth, in classrooms and beyond, is a core focus of ours, particularly with students and teachers at the middle school and high school level, as we believe it is important to plant the seed for global awareness early. We invite you to join our mailing list, check out our programs, volunteer, and get involved with us in different ways. And lastly, we are always looking to expand the reach of our educational programming. Please contact us if your middle school or high school,  or a school or teacher you know of, might be interested in working with our organization.  


The 1990 Institute was founded by a group of prominent academic, business, and community leaders with a deep interest in U.S.-China relations. The Institute began in 1990 as a think tank researching major economic and social issues related to China. We have published books and issue papers, and sponsored U.S.-China conferences and exchanges for scholars. In our second decade, the Institute expanded its mission and developed education and philanthropic programs in China in the areas of girls’ education, cross-cultural exchanges, and microfinance business education. Now, in our third decade, the Institute is now focused on education and cultural programs to deepen cross-cultural understanding and build trust between Americans and Chinese, especially with youth, middle school and high school teachers, and young professionals.  Read more about our history here.  

Contact Us

1990 Institute P. O. Box 383 San Francisco, CA 94104 (888) 990-1990