Hate initiating conversations with that
person who might have been sitting
behind you in your sophomore Chinese class, but you now see everyday on the Beijing subway? Described
as the alumni network of Obama’s 100,000 strong initiative, the 2009 program
encouraging educational exchange between China
and the US, Project Pengyou
(friend in Chinese) aims to forge person-to-person connections between
Americans who have lived and
studied in China in order to change the future of China-US relations. It's a social network with a Chinese twist.
Enter your name,
interests, domestic and abroad education, employment, language proficiency, and
a dapper profile picture and Project Pengyou connects you to fellow
China-enthusiasts with similar life experience. Groups like The Beijing Film
Academy, Associated Colleges in China,
IES, Middlebury Language Schools,
etc. also help facilitate friendships. One of the coolest features is the
option to share your ‘China Story’. Tell a funny anecdote or your most
memorable moment abroad and you might be invited to come into the center and
share your story in person.
Apart from online
correspondence, Project Pengyou organizes events promoting US-China relations,
like open dialogues and forums surrounding complex issues. Speakers in the
political, artistic, and media sphere also frequent the picturesque courtyard
office, located in Xiaojingchang Hutong. The center is currently piloting new online features exclusively
with the Hopkins-Nanjing
planning on rolling out a new slate of activities in late summer or fall.
the meantime, get a taste of Project Pengyou with their promotional trailer and make a profile at www.projectpengyou.org.