China Institute is a non-partisan educational
and cultural institution that promotes the understanding,
appreciation and enjoyment of traditional and contemporary
Chinese civilization, culture, heritage and current
affairs through classroom teachings and seminars, art
exhibitions, public programs, teacher education, lectures,
symposia and corporate programs and service.
Organized, even from its earliest days, as a
non-political, bicultural institution, China Institute
welcomes everyone interested in learning about or staying
connected to China.
Hu Shih, John Dewey and a group of their colleagues
founded the Institute in 1926 to introduce Americans
to China. Since
then, China Institute has been bridging understanding
and friendship between these two cultures and peoples.
China Institute began its art exhibition program
in 1966, and since then, the Gallery has organized and
hosted over 80 exhibitions, with 59 published catalogs,
and has expanded its audience to over 7,500 visitors
Gallery is open daily to the general public and is also
a gathering place for scholars, specialists and collectors.
China Institute Corporate Programs are designed
for those interested in business with China and include
a monthly Corporate Lecture Series.
Corporate services include a monthly Corporate
Lecture series, on-site business Chinese language training,
cultural training and hosting of visiting delegations.
China Institute Public Events programming ranges
from lectures and symposia to short courses and workshops,
film series and performances.
Some 30 to 40 public events are held each year,
and programs cover topics from ancient history to contemporary
China Institute’s School of Chinese Studies,
chartered by the University of the State of New York,
introduces Chinese language and culture to people of
all ages. Each
semester, about 400 adult students attend various levels
of Chinese here. We also have arrangement with a number
of colleges in New York such that their students take
classes at China Institute and receive credits at their
home institutions. For children ages three and older,
an extensive Chinese for Children program, enjoyed by
approximately 100 students each term, combines language
learning with an introduction to the arts and culture
Teach China, offered to educators from elementary
through high school, gives teachers solid preparation
in a range of subjects so they return to their own classrooms
prepared to teach knowledgeably about Chinese history