Happy Year of the Horse!

Dear Friends,

From all of us at Team Pengyou, we wish you a wonderful

Year of the Horse filled with passion, laughter, and joy!




1. Project Pengyou Leadership Summit at Harvard University

Project Pengyou is currently recruiting passionate alumni of China study abroad programs to serve as Project Pengyou Pengyou Leadership Fellows. Fellows will receive unique community-organizing and cross-cultural leadership training at a four-day Leadership Summit at Harvard University on March 20-23, 2014. We are now accepting fellowship applications through February 23rd.

2. China Hangup Podcast

We know that many Project Pengyou members are religious listeners of the Sinica Podcast, featuring in-depth discussions on contemporary China with old China hands, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. At the end of last year, Kaiser introduced us to the hosts of China Hangup, a new podcast targeting younger China watchers. When Hudson, Eric and Nicole of the China Hangup crew asked us if Project Pengyou could house their podcasts on our site, we said yes, and made it official just a few weeks ago! Catch the latest China Hangup podcast here and stay tuned for their next one featuring Kaiser and China maven Mark Roswell (a.k.a. Dashan 大山).

3. Now Hiring!

Project Pengyou is hiring an Online Community Engagement Manager to grow our online community and work with us in our hutong office in Beijing.

We are also accepting internship applications for 2014, after a hugely successful internship cohort in 2013. Interested students and recent grads can apply directly on our site or through our intern placement partners at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and Amherst College.

1. We’ve Grown Our Team

Last year, Team Pengyou expanded to include the uber-talented Jessica Chong (web designer) and Helen Huang (community engagement leader).We were also honored to welcome the distinguished John Fitzgerald, Yan Mei and Mark Sidel as the newest members of our Executive Board of Directors.

2. 朋友 Pioneers: A Pilot Project with the Hopkins—Nanjing Center

In 2013, we had the pleasure of working with the Hopkins—Nanjing Center (HNC) to strengthen its global alumni network and pilot new tools on Project Pengyou.  The HNC is a unique and historic educational joint venture between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University providing world-class bilingual education since 1986.
As a result of our pilot, we developed new group administrator functions, and dramatically changed the focus of our online platform. After learning that alumni were not simply looking for another LinkedIn or Ning-style social network, we began to redesign ProjectPengyou.org to serve as a constructive and active curator of China-focused jobseventsnews, and resources, crowd-sourced from the global alumni community.
We are so grateful for the support of all the helpful alumni and staff of the HNC.  In case you missed it, here’s the exciting launch video of our collaboration and some newly-released footage from our Shanghai celebration event! 
3. Project Pengyou’s Hutong Courtyard Speaker Series
In 2013, we were honored to host a series of distinguished speakers in our hutong courtyard in Beijing.  Our events featured the likes of Michael MassermanKaiser KuoHenry TangMei Yan, and a even panel of Foreign Service Officers.  We would like to thank our awesome speakers and lively participants for making these events the talk of the town!
Look out for our first hutong event in the new year with an upcoming panel of American journalists in China.  Event details coming soon!

We are immensely grateful to the Ford Foundation, the US Embassy in China, our advisors and board of directors for their guidance, vision and belief in us. As a young entrepreneurial nonprofit, we feel humbled to be lifted up to stand on the shoulders of giants.

We would also like to sincerely thank the members, volunteers, and supporters who have been our cheerleaders since we launched in 2011. We have come a long way, but we know there is still much work to be done.

And finally, here’s to all of our Pengyou old and new. Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. We look forward to an amazing Year of the Horse!

– From Beijing with Love –

Project Pengyou was conceived in 2011 as the alumni network of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. The program is built on the belief that the United States and China hold the world’s most consequential bilateral relationship, but that relationship is highly complex, challenging & multi-faceted. In recent years, China has become the world’s second-largest economy and America’s fastest-growing trade partner. As such, we believe that Americans with firsthand China experience will play an increasingly important role in the world.  

In 2014, Project Pengyou is launching several grassroots initiatives across the United States to inspire, strengthen and empower the next generation of China bridge-builders. We plan to kick things off with a Leadership Summit at Harvard University, and are currently seeking corporate and individual supporters interested to join our cause. To learn more about some unique sponsorship opportunities, contact us today!

Project Pengyou is a flagship program of the Golden Bridges Foundation. Established in 2007, Golden Bridges is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a mission to build bridges to China that strengthen the sustainability and capacity of community-based nonprofits and individuals to serve, inspire and transform lives.