On November 17th, 2016, Project Pengyou held its 3rd annual Pengyou Day on 100 college campuses throughout the United States. Coming just several weeks after a historically divisive Presidential Election, those who participated saw this day as a much needed opportunity to encourage cultural bridge-building and to promote friendship, empathy, and mutual understanding within communities. Over the past two years, over 50 Project Pengyou Chapters have been initiated at schools across 32 states in the US. Pengyou Day is both a launching point for new Chapters and a day for the entire network to stand in solidarity.
This year’s events included panel discussions at Middlebury and Western Kentucky University (including The Sinica Podcast’s co-host Jeremy Goldkorn) complete with a photo gallery and musical performance, exhibitions such as the Grinnell Chapter’s “Grinnell and Nanjing University’s 30 years of shared history”, study abroad informational sessions at Morgan State University, and many other cross-cultural traditions and games such as calligraphy, chopsticks races and more.