American-Chinese Cultural Initiative

In today’s global landscape, the United States and China have emerged as key players in the world economy while their bilateral relationship is a central component of foreign policy. Although our two nations may differ in many areas, culture – a universally human phenomenon – is one place where we can find common ground, build genuine respect for one another, and turn mutual challenges into collaborative opportunities. To promote cultural understanding between our countries, Meridian International Center launched the American-Chinese Cultural Initiative (ACCI) in 2011.

ACCI is an outgrowth of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding between Meridian and the Chinese International Culture Association. This initiative uses Meridian’s convening power to further bilateral understanding and address topical themes through its innovative exchange programs that showcase collaborations between Americans and Chinese in art, music, dance, film, cuisine, and other cultural media. ACCI is intended as a public-private partnership between American and Chinese businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities. Through such connections, participants learn about each other’s cultures while serving as ambassadors for their own countries. With associated conferences and forums, ACCI also assists government and business leaders in comprehending the cultural forces that underlie the U.S.-China political, economic, and strategic relationship.

ACCI is uniquely positioned to utilize Meridian’s 50 years of expertise in promoting international understanding through dialogue and exchanges. It is a powerful tool for communicating with people at all levels with the potential to reach 1.5 billion citizens between the two countries. It is an ideal strategy for businesses to increase public exposure in the U.S. and China, join a network of cross-sector leaders, and also explore Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in the community, leadership, and cultural arenas.

ACCI is made possible through the support of our members:


ACCI is supported by annual donations from both U.S. and Chinese individuals and institutions, beginning at $25,000. Donors gain ACCI membership and enjoy the benefits described below, as well as opportunities to pursue specific projects and goals at higher levels of support. Members can promote their brand through Meridian exhibitions and events in the U.S., China, and worldwide and demonstrate their commitment to a strong bilateral relationship. Members form an ACCI Advisory Council, which helps identify speakers and cultural partners for public programs, recommends new projects that align with the Initiative’s mission, and provides strategic direction for our work.

  • Promoting people-to-people exchanges that involve government officials, business leaders, scholars, collectors, curators, and artists
  • Organizing an annual U.S.-China Culture Conference that convenes high-level speakers to explore timely and relevant topics such as Mitigating Conflict through Cultural Diplomacy and Using Culture to Build Brand Equity
  • Creating exhibitions, panel discussions, concerts, and other public programs that can travel to multiple venues in the U.S. and China
  • Designing and producing training programs, education guides, and activities linked to art and cultural efforts

  • A seat on the ACCI Advisory.
  • VIP Invitations to:
    • Annual cultural conferences in both the U.S. and China featuring top experts who will speak on timely, salient topics;
    • All ACCI events, exhibition openings, and receptions; and
    • Meridian International Center’s annual Global Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Networking opportunities with ACCI Committee Members from the government, business, and cultural communities
  • Prominent recognition and branding through Initiative activities and platforms including exhibitions, conferences, websites, and other promotional materials

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