Mission & History


Committee of 100 is a non-partisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. The concept of founding the Committee came from the renowned architect, the late I.M. Pei and Dr. Henry Kissinger, 56th U.S. Secretary of State in 1988. Kissinger discussed with Pei the notion of organizing an influential group of Chinese Americans to address issues of international concern between the United States and China. Later in June of 1989, I.M. Pei became inundated with calls from reporters seeking his reaction as an influential Chinese American to the Tiananmen events. Pei felt that no single individual could adequately represent the Chinese American perspective. With a sense of urgency to build bridges between China and the United States, Pei teamed with master cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Henry S. Tang, Oscar Tang, Shirley Young and Chien-Shiung Wu to recruit distinguished Chinese Americans from the arts, business, academia, public service, and the sciences to serve on the Committee of 100.


The Committee of 100’s purpose is to provide leadership and act as a constructive force in the dual mission of:

  • Promoting the full participation of all Chinese Americans in American society and acting as a public policy resource for the Chinese-American community;
  • Advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China.


American citizens of Chinese heritage are invited to join Committee of 100 based on their extraordinary achievements. Members are pioneers in their respective fields across the arts, science, technology, business and finance. Currently, Committee of 100 has over 130 members.


  • Committee of 100’s members are American citizens who are proud of our contributions to the United States and our Chinese cultural heritage.
  • We are an organization of Chinese Americans united by our belief in core American values and the fundamental principles of equality and fairness for all people, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, or creed.
  • We support the full inclusion and advancement of the more than 5 million Chinese Americans in the United States and believe that America is stronger because of its immigrant heritage and diverse citizenry. We firmly reject all forms of prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination.
  • We believe the well-being of all American citizens is affected by the U.S.-China relationship and we encourage Sino-American dialogue and cooperation whenever possible.
  • We believe progress occurs when the peoples of the United States and China find common ground and work together to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We call on both governments and non-governmental parties to behave as responsible stakeholders and collaborate peacefully.
  • We believe in a deeper mutual knowledge of the unique histories and cultures of the United States and China to foster mutual understanding and benefits. We are committed to supporting exchanges and cooperation between the two countries to this end, not least in the areas of: business, the arts, education, public health, science, and philanthropy.

Past Committee of 100 Chairs


Committee of 100 has a rich legacy of harnessing its distinguished membership to address significant and complex issues pertaining to Americans of Chinese descent and U.S.-China relations. In addition to serving as a high-level bridge and trusted interlocutor, Committee of 100 signature programs include China Delegations, Capitol Hill Briefings, U.S.-China Mirror Opinion Surveys, knowledge publications, educational workshops, next-generation leadership initiatives, public statements, and high-profile conferences.


The Committee of 100 Annual Conference is the largest member gathering of the year, with an attendance of over 500 major influencers in government, business, academia, entertainment and the media. Highlighted past distinguished speakers include: Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City; Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter; The Honorable Elaine Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor; Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts; Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.; Ari Emanuel, Co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor/IMG; Hank Greenberg, Chairman & CEO of C.V. Starr, former Chair of AIG; The Honorable Henry Kissinger, 56th U.S. Secretary of State; Ang Lee, Oscar-winning filmmaker; Ruigang Li, Chinese media mogul and Chairman of China Media Capital; Michael Milken, Chairman & Founder of Milken Institute; Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway; the Honorable Henry A. Paulson, 74th U.S. Secretary of Treasury; Congressman Ed Royce, Chair of House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China; and Stephen A. Schwarzman, Philanthropist & Chairman of Blackstone Group.


Clockwise from top left: 1988, I.M. Pei, Henry Tang & Henry Kissinger discuss formation of C100; 1994, C100’s first delegation to China, meeting with President Jiang Zemin; April 2006, C100 Chairman John Fugh meet Presidents George W. Bush and Hu Jintao at the White House; April 2015, 25th Anniversary Celebration with C100 leaders, Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Dr. Henry Kissinger; Oct. 2015, C100 leaders meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss Chinese philanthropy; September 2015, C100 chairman Herman Li meets President Xi Jinping in Seattle.

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    Extraordinary Chinese Americans

  • Ensuring Full Inclusion in America
    Advancing U.S.-China Relations
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    6 St. Johns Lane, 5th fl
    New York, NY 10013

    Mailing Address:
    C100, Church St Station
    PO Box 3504
    New York, NY 10008


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