Pioneer Journeys: Project Pengyou Launches in Beijing!

December 10, 2011 – Whew, we did it! Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and to those of you who joined us for an unforgettable evening. This is just the first of many events that Project Pengyou has in store!

We’re attempting to gather all the information regarding our Beijing launch party on this page so if you want to relive the excitement or, if you didn’t get a chance to be there, watch this page! Download our photos, videos (coming soon!), event booklet and view our manifesto below!

A special thanks to all of our amazing speakers for giving us their time and sharing their journeys with us: US Ambassador to China Gary Locke (Guest of Honor), John Fitzgerald (Ford Foundation), Jason Patent (Hopkins-Nanjing Center), Loretta Evans (Penn Club of Beijing), Allan Wu (Booey Lehoo), Chris Cooper (Deloitte & Touche), Calvin Chin (Transist), Evan Osnos (The New Yorker), Kaiser Kuo (




The Temple Theatre (Zhengyici) is a state-protected cultural relic built during the Ming Dynasty with 300 years ofhistory. It is currently used as an active Peking Opera House, with weekly performances on Fridays and Saturdays. Zhengyici also provides a historic and unique venue for special events.

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Hors D’oeuvres & Wine, & QUESTS!
7:00 Guests to take seats
Opening Speech by Guest of Honor: GARY LOCKE, US AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
HOLLY CHANG, Founder of Project Pengyou
JOHN FITZGERALD, Director of Ford Foundation
JASON PATENT, Director of Hopkins-Nanjing Center
LORETTA EVANS, U Penn Alumni Leader, Gartrell
ALLAN WU, Introducing “Booey Lehoo”
Music Performance by Tavey Lin & Lori Chao
8:20 10 minute break
8:30 CHRIS COOPER, Principal, Deloitte & Touche
CALVIN CHIN, Entrepreneur, Co-founder Transist
EVAN OSNOS, Journalist, The New Yorker
KAISER KUO, International Communications Director,
HOLLY CHANG – Announce raffles prize winner
9:30 Alumni Networking + THE END




Guest of Honor – Gary Locke
Gary Locke is the 10th US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Previously, Ambassador Locke served as the Secretary of Commerce where he helped implement President Obama’s ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. Before his appointment to the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as Governor of Washington.

Holly Chang

Holly Chang is a Chinese-American social entrepreneur, and the founder of Project Pengyou. Over the past four years, Holly has served over 100 nonprofit organizations in China as a cross-cultural program accelerator and capacity builder, playing a vital role in projects including the China Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, the launch of the China Foundation Center, and the Great Green Initiative.

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald is the Country Representative of the Ford Foundation’s office in Beijing. He is charged with developing the overall strategy and direction of the foundation’s work in China, which emphasizes opportunities for poor and marginal communities to participate fully and equally in China’s development.
Jason Patent
As the Nanjing-based American Co-Director of Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Jason is responsible for the management of the Center’s affairs along with the Chinese Co-Director, as well as the administration of the recently established master’s program, the first Sino-U.S. M.A. degree accredited in both countries.

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Loretta Evans
Loretta Evans has been in Beijing for over six years working in geophysics dealing with near surface modeling and began a start up company to develop a new infrastructure for the Oil and Gas industry in 2010.

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Deloitte & Touche and is one of the leaders of the firm’s China Services Group. Over the past 22 years, Chris has worked on a variety of business and financial advisory projects with an emphasis on China inbound investment and TMT

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Allan Wu
Allan Wu is a Chinese-American actor and television host, best known for his work on The Amazing Race Asia.

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Calvin Chin
Calvin is a cofounder of Transist (, a Shanghai-based startup accelerator operating at the intersection between technology and social impact. He was previously founder and CEO of Qifang, China’s first online student loan service.

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Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos is an award-winning journalist, currently serving as the china correspondent for The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

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Kaiser Kuo
Kaiser Kuo is director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. He is best known as a writer, rock musician, and commentator on technology, society, and politics.

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Georgia Tech
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Morehouse College
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Northwestern University
Notre Dame
New York University
Ohio State University
Peking University
Princeton University
Rice University
Rutgers University
San Francisco State University
Spelman College
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Thunderbird School of Management
Tsinghua University
Tufts University
Tulane University
UC Berkeley
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University of Chicago
University of Illinois
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University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Washington State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University


Advanced Asian Research and Language Institute
Alliance for Global Education
Americans Promoting Study Abroad Associated Colleges in China
The Beijing Center
Beijing Institute of Asian Studies
Boston University Shanghai Center
California State University System
CET Chinese Studies Program
China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Cornell (CAPS)
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
C.V. Starr-Middlebury School
Dartmouth Foreign Study Program
Fulbright Scholarship
Global Maximum Educational
Hanban (Confucius Institute)
Harvard China Fund
Hopkins Nanjing Center
Institute of International Education (IIE)
Institute for the International
Education of Students (IES)
International School of Beijing
Inter-University Program for Chinese
Language Studies (IUP)
Jane Goodall Institute, China
Language Flagship Program
Morehouse College
North America and UK Association
of Blacks in Beijing (NUKABB)
NYU Shanghai Center
Oregon University System, Beijing
Peking-Yale University Joint
Undergraduate Program (JUP)
Princeton in Beijing
School Year Abroad
Stanford FACES
Syracuse University Beijing Center
Teach for China
Thunderbird School of Management
University of California Education
Abroad Program
University of Chicago Beijing Center
US – China Education Trust
Western Academy Beijing
Western Returned Scholars
Association (WRSA)
Yale – China Association
Zinch Study in China


American Chamber of Commerce
Associated Press (AP)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co
Carlyle Group
Center for China and Globalization
China Daily
City Weekend
Deloitte & Touche
Duke Energy
DBS International
Eastwei PR
Gartrell Group
HAO Capital
U.S. Embassy of Beijing
Ford Foundation
J Capital Research
JP Morgan
LP Amina
MDC Strategies
Pamir Law Group
Raine Investments
SAIF Partners
Summergate Wines
The New Yorker
True Run Media (The Beijinger)
US-China Energy Cooperation Pgm
Voice of America “OMG! Meiyu”
Wall Street Journal


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