Not all bridges are built of concrete and steel.

Equally important bridges are built on friendship, cultural communion and commercial cooperation.

Where these bridges exist, communities flourish.

USHCA at a Glance

Our Focus Areas:

Exchanges in culture, education, and business.

Our Values:

Integrity, cooperation, respect, and mutual benefit.

Our Mission:

To foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Our Values:

Integrity, cooperation, respect, and mutual benefit.

Our Focus Areas:

Exchanges in culture, education, and business.

Our Mission:

To foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Advocating for the US Heartland since 2003

USHCA is building bridges

through trade missions, commercial fairs, student and cultural exchanges, educational programs and personal outreach to key business, governmental and cultural leaders.

USHCA History

Originally the Midwest U.S.-China Foundation, USHCA was founded by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL); John Rodgers, Lawyer and Professor, and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association. 

U.S. Heartland

USHCA covers 20 states that stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 430 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in 84 of the cities within the Heartland region. Our mayors lead 37 of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Our national GDP ranks 1st in the world. Remove our region from this analysis and the European Union would rank 1st, China 2nd, United States 3rd.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Essential Ingredients of Business Success in and with China

A two - part series

Part I: What are the basics of being successful with business in China today? 

Three experts who have spent their careers working with China will share their “top three” lessons of how to be successful doing business in and with China. 

January 28th, 2021 / 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST

For more information and panelist bios…

UNDERSTANDING THROUGH ENGAGEMENT: HOW CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGES FOSTER A GLOBAL MINDSET

Some lessons can’t be taught in a classroom, and with the end of the pandemic in sight, we are reminiscing on five unique first-hand experiences in China. Discover why seeing is believing as American students take us on a journey of learning and understanding that allows us to look forward to the day we can observe the world from a different point of view. Through a student-led discussion, we unearth how cross-cultural exchanges broaden perspectives, inspire ideas, and create a lasting impact.

February 18th, 2021 / 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

For more information and panelist bios…

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Understanding Through Engagement

Some lessons can’t be taught in a classroom, and with the end of the pandemic in sight, we are reminiscing on five unique first-hand experiences in China. Discover why seeing is believing as American students take us on a journey of learning and understanding that allows us to look forward to the day we can observe the world from a different point of view.

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Special Webinar on Chinese Student Mental Health

Being a college student during the pandemic is challenging to say the least. For Chinese students who are studying in the U.S., either physically here or remotely from China, the deterioration of the U.S.- China relationship further added to their stress.

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