November 20: a nationwide network simultaneously mobilizes to jump start a campaign promoting international friendship!
Held on a Thursday during the State Department’s International Education Week, our inaugural Pengyou Day was a rousing success. With the help of our nationwide Project Pengyou chapter teams as well as our signature partners, Asia Society and the Committee of 100, we celebrated building friendships between Americans and Chinese while trying to deepen engagement and mutual understanding through the launch of simultaneous events across the country!
Project Pengyou Chapters from Maryland to Colorado shared food during potluck dinners, culture by presenting Chinese calligraphy and tea traditions, geography through jeopardy-style game nights and visual installations, personal stories, photos and more.
Pengyou Day also launched the “We Are All #Pengyou” campaign which seeks to create cultural understanding through the simple act of sparking conversations. Teaching one friend or relative a single word in Chinese and sharing it with your network online or offline creates ripples which spread and multiply, and with over 800 posts on social media and the innumerable one-on-one interactions, those ripples can have a massive impact, propelling the movement forward to create real and measurable change for the future.