Mission & History

Mission

Bridging the United States & China by sharing insights and deepening trust through the pillars of education, culture and business.

History

China Institute was founded in 1926 by a group of distinguished American and Chinese educators including John Dewey, Hu Shih, Paul Monroe and Dr. Kuo Ping-wen. It is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China.

Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1944 as a school of continuing education, our language and cultural school is the oldest educational center of its kind in the United States. Click Here to see China Institute’s Historical Timeline.

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Noted politicians and academics mingle with Chinese students from across the U.S. at the formal opening of China Institute’s current headquarters on 65th Street on December 1, 1944. FRONT ROW: left to right: Dr. P.W. Kuo, Lillian Dong, Mme. Wei Tao-ming, Dr. Hu Shih, Mrs. Henry Winters Luce, Ambassador Wei Tao-Ming, Catherine Lee, Mrs. Chih Meng, Yeh Li-fah, BACK ROW: Chih Meng, Henry R. Luce, Hanson Huang, James Ling, Edwin Kwoh, Julia Liu, J.Y. Yen, Shelly Mark, Eddie Toy, Max Zung

Chinese President Xi Jinping Addresses the American Public and Discusses the Importance of Understanding Cultures in Fostering U.S.- China Relations

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China Institute was one of a limited number of institutions cooperating to organize (a very special dinner for President Xi) and Madame Peng Liyuan on Tuesday, September 22, in Seattle. President Xi made the only public policy speech of his U.S. visit at this event, attended by 800 guests.

Program:

Welcoming Remarks The Honorable Jay Inslee Governor of Washington State

Remarks Mr. Mark Fields Chair, The US-China Business Council; President & CEO, Ford Motor Company

Remarks The Honorable Penny Pritzker United States Secretary of Commerce

Introduction of the Honorable Henry Kissinger The Honorable Carla Hills Chair, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Chair & CEO, Hills & Company

Remarks The Honorable Henry Kissinger Chairman, Kissinger Associates

Address His Excellency Xi Jinping President, People’s Republic of China

Thank You The Honorable Ed Murray Mayor of Seattle

Toast The Honorable Gary Locke Co-Chair, Washington State Welcoming Committee – Seattle 2015

Program Materials:

• Program Pdf
Full text from President Xi Jinping's speech
Photos

Video:

VIDEO | Chinese President Xi Jinping Addresses the American Public
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers the only public policy speech of his U.S. visit at a dinner co-hosted by the National Committee in Seattle. Recorded 9/22/15.

VIDEO | Chinese President Xi Jinping Addresses the American Public (in Chinese)

華美協進社成立于1926年,是一無黨派、非盈利的文化教育組織。它是第一個以美國社會為對象,通過傳播中華文明和現代文化,成為美國社會了解中國的窗口。華美協進社設在紐約曼哈頓上東城一幢典雅的紅磚樓里,社內還建有一座富于詩情畫意的中式花園。這座別墅是由當年時代集團(Time Inc.)總裁亨利.魯斯(Henry R. Luce)于1946年所捐贈。

華美協進社一直是東西方文化交流的一座橋梁。從早年引薦京劇大師梅蘭芳首次來美國演出,使得西方世界對中國文化精粹嘆為觀止;到接引早期中國留學生、學者來美國學習西方文化,成為海外游子的聚會所。多年來,華美協進社通過設立課堂教育、舉辦藝術展覽及各項文化講座,不僅為西方人學習中國語言、文化、藝術,提供了一個重要的公共空間;同時也在不同的歷史時期,為西方人乃至海外華人,敞開了一扇透視中國社會狀況的窗口。

華美協進社早于1930年便開設了中國文化和歷史課程,為美國的公私立中小學教師提供教學服務。1933年開設的教師培訓班,正式取得學分認證資格。從此,華美協進社的中文課程,被列入紐約市教育局所認證的學分,一直延續至今。秉承華美協進社一貫聘用優秀教師的優良傳統,一批又一批卓有才華的中文教授和老師在此任教。目前,僅是為兒童和成人開設的中文課,已多達50班次。與此同時,為使中國文化深入到美國的公私立學校,華美協進社還派教師去其它學校任教,使美國的學生也能從小接觸到中國的語言、文化和歷史知識。為滿足日益增多的中國傳統文化愛好者的需求,華美協進社還同時設有書法、繪畫、中國美食烹飪等課程,并定期舉辦各類豐富多彩的短期培訓班。2002年5月,大紐約地區中文教師學會又在華美協進社的促成下成立,為日後在美國全面推廣中文教育再添力量。

隨著中國經濟改革的日益加深,有志與中國建立商業關係的美國公司和企業日益增多。華美協進社又應時代之需開設了新的常態課程(Corporate Program),對象是美國企業的中高級主管。每月一次的系列研討會,邀請熟悉中國經濟狀況的美國專家、中港台的企業經理人、政府官員或及領導授課,在中美間的經濟互往與信息傳遞方面扮演了重要角色。此外,在華美協進社定期舉辦的“中華文化系列講座”上,每周都有來自藝術界、文學界、娛樂界、歷史、哲學界與商業、建築界的各界精英和知名人士前來演講。而每年暑期為美國的中小學教師舉辦的中國參訪營,更使許多從未去過中國的美國人,增進了對中國的真實感受和興趣。

設立在華美協進社一樓的美術館,自1966年便開始舉辦各種有關中國文化、藝術的展覽。近年來,這里更舉辦過一些別開生面、甚至是在美國從未公開過的展出。2004年6月,華美協進社又將首次舉辦中英文雙語對照的中國攝影展,將過去的中國與當代中國既富對比性又有延續性地同時展現在人們眼前。

華美協進社從最早在美國開向中國的一扇窗口,到已經成為緊密連接中西方文化的一架橋梁,它無疑將使越來越多的西方人從這里看到中國,并日益加深對中國的了解!

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