The Pacific Century Institute began in Louisville, Kentucky during the mid-1980s when the late Ronald D. McLaurin, Dr. Stephan Haggard, Dr. Chung-In Moon, Spencer H. Kim and Kenneth Tuggle held the initial organizational meeting with a vision toward improving international relations between countries and intercultural relations between the various inhabitants of the Pacific Rim region.
Louisville was clearly not part of the Pacific Rim region, but the organizers had a great interest in the region and understood that what happens in this part of the world impacts the rest of the globe. Several of the founders have now dispersed from Louisville to Southern California and Korea.
In the first years of PCI's existence, the founders worked to expand knowledge and dialogue about the Pacific Rim by supporting Asian studies programs at regional universities, disseminating over 200,000 Asian language books to universities and schools.
PCI incorporated as a non-profit organization in the early 90's and, funded by private contributions, since then it has been involved in a broad variety of activities designed to support its mission of promoting education, dialogue and research that will build a network of bridges of understanding that crisscross the Pacific Ocean.
Please look at our vision statement, mission statement, an programs to get an idea of PCI's activities.