Celebrate National #PengyouDay, Thursday, Nov. 17th!

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#PengyouDay 2016 is less than three days away!

On November 17th during the State Department’s International Education Week (IEW), Project Pengyou Chapters and Asia Society Confucius Classrooms across the U.S. will hold events and dialogue to encourage US-China study, engagement and friendship.

We’re excited that the Fulbright Program and the US-China Strong Foundation have joined us again as partners to spread the #PengyouDay campaign in their national networks this year!

Close on the heels of last week’s difficult election, we believe that Pengyou Day may provide a much-needed opportunity to keep the hope for young leaders to seek common ground not only between cultures, but within their own communities as well. We offer this day as an opportunity to celebrate friendships despite our many differences. Join us on to build people-to-people ties and spread hope on #PengyouDay.

Here are a few easy ways anyone can get involved on Pengyou Day:

  1. SHARE A PHOTO together with your American & international friends. Post it on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook on 11/17 and include the message “Happy #PengyouDay! #IEW2016”.
  2. CHANGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE PHOTO to our #PengyouDay logo, just for the day! (download it HERE)
  3. TEACH THE WORD “PENGYOU” or any Chinese word or phrase to a friend, relative, or anyone and POST A PHOTO on 11/17 of your friend on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the following sentence “I taught (name of person) (word taught) in Chinese! Happy #PENGYOUDAY #IEW2016″.
  4. START A CONVERSATION with someone different than you. Teach them a word in Chinese, share your stories from abroad and listen to their cross-cultural stories. You never know, you might make a new pengyou! Post about it online on 11/17 and include the message “Happy #PengyouDay! #IEW2016”.
  5. ATTEND A #PENGYOUDAY EVENT on 11/17 hosted by Project Pengyou Chapters or even hold your own! Take this chance to create a safe space for intercultural dialogue that deepens understanding across communities. For more information, go to projectpengyou.org/pengyouday



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Last year on #PengyouDay, there were over 100 events celebrating US-China study, exchange and friendship across the country! Check out the highlights from the festivities here: Pengyou Day 2015