Founded in 1979, the US-Asia Institute (USAI) is a non-profit, United Nations-associated nongovernment organization (NGO) under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The US-Asia Institute is devoted to encouraging dialogue and improving understanding between the people and governments of the United States and nations of Asia. Through overseas Congressional staff delegations, off-the-record briefings, and ongoing dialogue with key policymakers, USAI promotes the exploration of the economic, political, and cultural issues vital to U.S. and Asian relations. The Institute encourages the participation of all Americans interested in Asia. USAI is unique in that its leadership includes Asian-Americans who have a special perspective and understanding of the ever-increasing interaction between the United States and Asia.