The Committee of 100 is an international, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that brings a Chinese American perspective to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations. Our organization draws upon the collective experience, knowledge and resources of our members - Chinese Americans who have achieved prominence in a variety of fields and work in partnership towards our mission.
The Committee of 100 is committed to a dual mission:
- To encourage constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China.
- To promote the full participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life.
The Committee of 100 was founded in early 1990 to provide a collective voice for Chinese American leaders to speak to both U.S. and international issues.
The concept of founding the Committee came from renowned architect, I.M. Pei, who was inundated with calls from reporters seeking his reaction, as an influential Chinese American, to the Tiananmen Square events in June 1989. Pei felt that no single individual could adequately represent the Chinese American perspective, and instead envisioned a group of prominent Chinese Americans joining together to serve as a strong forum for the Chinese American community. By the end of 1990, the core group of I.M. Pei, Yo-Yo Ma, Shirley Young, Oscar Tang, Henry Tang, and Chien-Shiung Wu had recruited other distinguished Chinese Americans from the arts, business, academia, public service, and the sciences to serve on the Committee of 100.
The founders determined that the Committee would not be politically driven and at the same time, not shy away from taking a stance in the political arena. Many of the issues addressed by the Committee have strong public policy implications, including foreign relations, trade policy, civil rights, and social justice. As a non-partisan organization, the Committee's stance on these issues is independent and does not align with any political party in the United States or with any government in Asia.
Seeking Common Ground While Respecting Differences is the precept guiding all Committee actions. As U.S. citizens of Chinese descent, including American-born and naturalized citizens, Committee members share a natural desire for mutual understanding and peaceful relations between the United States and Greater China.
With more than 20 years of impactful action, the Committee is respected as a strategic adviser to government leaders in both the U.S. and China and has received public and media recognition for its involvement in issues affecting the advancement of Asian Americans and the progress of U.S. -China relations.