Project Pengyou’s mission is to empower and mobilize a new generation of US-China bridge-builders to bring about a world that embraces diverse cultures and shared humanity.
Conceived as the alumni network for President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, Project Pengyou is part of a growing national movement to dramatically increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China.
Americans with firsthand China experience represent our nation’s most crucial and valuable asset in managing Sino-American relations. However, in 2013 a mere 1 in 1,000 college students in America studied in China. Despite general consensus that the relationship between China and the United States is the most consequential relationship in the world, there is a huge imbalance in the exchange of knowledge. Each year, the number of Americans studying in China is less than 10% of the number of Chinese studying in America.
WHAT WE DO
Project Pengyou is building a critical mass of Americans with frontline China experience. We see this as a way to capture the return on investment for American exchange programs in China. Just as it is critically important to increase the number of Americans studying in China, we believe it is just as important for alumni to continue their learning and increase their engagement with China beyond the classroom.
Our online platform is a social network with a database of over 300 groups that facilitate US-China exchange programs and their respective alumni. Through our members, we are crowdsourcing China-related jobs, events and resources, while providing opportunities to connect and discuss China-related issues.
To complement this, Project Pengyou is expanding offline and building a network of community chapters across the United States to catalyze a new generation of US-China bridge-builders through transformative leadership and service opportunities.