Landmark Study on Chinese Americans Reveals Historic Contributions, Yet Ongoing Challenges and Stereotypes

New York, NY (February 8, 2021) – Committee of 100, a non-profit leadership organization of Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts today announced a landmark study on the historic contributions of Chinese Americans to the fabric of American society. The 142-page study, From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America, was completed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Committee of 100 and sponsored in part by Citi Private Bank, examines the enduring relationship between the Chinese American community and America’s economic and cultural success over the past two centuries.

“This study brings to the forefront the complexity of our lived experience as proud Chinese Americans and tells the untold stories of our community’s impact on – and continued struggles within American society,” explained H. Roger Wang, Chairman of Committee of 100. “Committee of 100 supports the full inclusion and advancement of the more than 5 million Chinese Americans in the United States and believes that America is stronger because of its immigrant heritage and diverse cultures.”

At a time when the Biden Administration has taken executive action against xenophobia directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, From Foundations to Frontiers reinforces the longstanding importance of the Chinese American community to America’s overall cultural and economic fabric.

From Foundations to Frontiers illuminates, through data and storytelling, how Chinese Americans have had a significant impact on American life as we know it today,” said Zhengyu “Z” Huang, President of Committee of 100. “But even more pressing is the work that remains ahead of us. Along with other communities of color, Chinese Americans continue to face barriers to advancement in the form of systemic racism and entrenched stereotypes. America can reach its full potential only when all of its citizens can reach their own full potential.”

The new study details how Chinese Americans have found success as business owners, scientists, doctors, engineers, and in a variety of other fields. This economic contribution to the United States is central to America’s success. In 2019 alone, Chinese Americans contributed over $300 billion to the US GDP through consumer spending, supporting 3 million jobs.

But the study also reveals continued barriers that restrict Chinese American participation in American society, including systemic discrimination in the form of the perpetual foreigner stereotype, the model minority myth, and the ‘bamboo ceiling’ when it comes to career advancement and opportunity. From Foundations to Frontiers also calls attention to the recent rise of anti-Chinese sentiment and incidents linked to U.S.-China geopolitical tensions and the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of which threatens the safety and well-being of Chinese American and Asian American communities across the country.

“We are delighted to have Committee of 100’s support for this important and timely study,” said Claire Casey, Global Managing Director of Public Policy of the Economist Intelligence Unit. “In developing a fuller appreciation of the significance of Chinese Americans’ contribution to the United States, we hope this study can contribute to cultivating a more cooperative and inclusive climate that benefits all.”

“As a Chinese American I know from a personal perspective the widespread impact my community has had in the United States for generations – everything from arts and culture to philanthropy and finance,” said Ida Liu, Head of Citi Private Bank, North America and a member of Committee of 100. “Citi Private Bank is proud to support this study, and collaborate with C100, to further reinforce the idea that celebrating and understanding our unique contributions helps unify us towards shared economic, social and cultural progress.”

For nearly two centuries, Chinese Americans have made bold contributions in pushing the United States to become a more fair and just society, establishing significant landmark legal precedents that have since shaped our democracy. This history of activism and participation in America’s civil life extends to increased involvement in public administration and national security. These and other unheralded contributions, spanning nearly 175 years, have contributed greatly to American cuisine, fashion, cinema, and a range of other creative endeavors that define the American experience.

Some fast facts from the study:

The full 142-page study contains seven pillar reports focused on Arts and Culture; Civil Rights, Public Service and Politics; Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership; Infrastructure; Military & National Security; Public Health; and Science and Technology.

In these pillar reports, readers will also find personal stories and highlights from 12 prominent
Chinese Americans, called Impact Stories:

The full study From Foundations to Frontiers: Chinese American Contributions to the Fabric of America or any of the seven pillar reports can be downloaded for free at .

Committee of 100 is offering free guest lectures and virtual talks on the landmark study for groups and organizations around the country. Please email for more information.

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About Committee of 100

Committee of 100 (C100) is a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent and extraordinary Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, healthcare, and the arts. Founded by the late world-renowned architect I.M. Pei and internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, among others, it is an institution of U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage. For over 30 years, C100 has served as a preeminent organization committed to the dual missions of promoting the full participation of Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life and constructive relations between the United States and Greater China.


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