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

Mission & Overview

Founded in 1990, 1990 Institute’s mission is educating the next generation of Americans and Chinese to broaden and increase mutual understanding.

China and the US have the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and 1990 Institute strives to enhance positive relations between citizens of the two countries. Through cross-cultural exchange, teacher and student education programs, our speaker series & programs, and presentations by thought leaders and business executives, we aim to foster a savvy, globally-minded generation of leaders, citizens and workforce talent.

From Hollywood and food, to business trends and social issues, we regularly bring together a community of students, educators, and professionals through our programs. 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. We invite you to join our mailing list, check out our programs, volunteer, and get involved with us.


1990 Institute was founded by a group of prominent academic, business, and community leaders with a deep interest in U.S.-China relations. 1990 Institute began in 1990 as a think tank, with a focus on 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, we expanded our mission and developed education and philanthropic programs in China in the areas of girls’ education, cross-cultural exchanges, and microfinance.

Now, in our third decade, 1990 Institute is focused on education and cultural programs which 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.

Contact Us

1990 Institute
P. O. Box 383
San Francisco, CA 94104