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About Us


Founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, including John Dewey and Hu Shih, China Institute in America is the oldest educational and cultural organization in the United States focused on advancing a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community. The Institute offers innovative, high quality programs, activities, courses and seminars that are open to – and designed for – people of all ages and backgrounds. Programming encompasses the visual and performing arts, culture, history, music, philosophy, language and literature, business and current affairs, and professional development programs for K-12 teachers.

Art Exhibitions

China Institute Gallery presents original and traveling exhibitions ranging from traditional Chinese paintings, calligraphy and objects to Chinese folk arts, textiles and architecture. Exhibitions are accompanied by catalogs and art education programs, such as gallery tours, lectures and symposia.

Programs and Events

Distinguished speakers, writers and artists present lectures, book signings, performances, film screenings and more, interpreting the arts, culture, history and contemporary affairs of China.

Programs for Children

An after-school program for children from age three combines language learning with an introduction to the arts and culture of China. Parents can participate in special language classes paralleling the content of the children’s classes and in special family workshops during the Chinese New Year.

Programs for Educators

K-12 educators interested in China — its history, language and customs — are invited to take advantage of professional development programs, including courses, study tours, curriculum development, and institutional membership.

Corporate Programs

The Corporate Programs Series offers a forum for an exchange of the most up-to-date information about U.S.-China commerce and investment and addresses the needs of those involved in U.S.-China business. Business people, scholars, journalists, lawyers and other professionals experienced in greater China share their insights to help Corporate Members and others position themselves for growth in China in the 21st century.

Corporate Services

Cultural Training and Business Chinese language instruction offer business people the understanding necessary to facilitate their contacts with Chinese, both in China and in the U.S. Cultural Training workshops address general societal and industry-specific issues regarding living and doing business in China and working with Chinese colleagues. These programs offer insight on language, managing an ethnic Chinese staff and developing a corporate culture in China.