About Us

Founded in 1926 by renowned scholars and educators, including Dr. John Dewey, China Institute is the oldest non-profit organization in America solely dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of China. The Institute is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York as a school of continuing education, and its School of Chinese Studies, founded in 1933, is the oldest educational center of its kind in the United States.

China Institute Timeline


May 25, 1926

• 5/25, China Institute is Founded. Trustee P.W. Kuo is elected Director.
• China Institute installs an exhibition on Chinese education at Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia, winning grand prize.

Membership Corporation

January 1, 1928

• China Institute is reorganized as a membership corporation. Chih Meng appointed honorary secretary for reorganization.


January 1, 1929

• China Institute relocates to 119 West 57th Street.