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Project Pengyou: US-China relations social network

Re-imagine the future with new pengyou

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 Center and planning on rolling out a new slate of activities in late summer or fall.

In the meantime, get a taste of Project Pengyou with their promotional trailer and make a profile at www.projectpengyou.org.

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