The 2021 Friendship Archway Conversations
Please join Meetup for Conversations in Washington D.C. on 3rd Sundays combining the best of West and East and developing new traditions together...
Are you interested in meeting your neighbors and building the friendship spirit and community in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area?
You are invited to participate in our “Meetup for One City” and "Meetup for Conversations" and engage in stimulating networking and learning conversations with people interested in building community spirit, personal growth, meeting neighbors, meeting Asian American professionals, talking about the future of Chinatown, consulting, self-empowerment, nonprofits, fundraising, social enterprises, race relations, A Course in Miracles, executive and business coaching, and other topics.
Please join us:
On Third Sundays in 2021: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dev 19, 2021.
||1:000 pm - 2:30 pm (informal happy hour to follow)
||Currently online via Zoom.us due to Covid-19. Use ID: 896 0197 4108
||To speak to volunteer call 202 625 2244.
||Allies Building Community Inc. (A.B.C.), Asian Benevolent Corps, Allies Networks, Friendship Archway Network.
|| Award International Inc., Award Networks, Inc. Capital Professional Groups
For your wellness and to improve your life energy and Spirit, you are also invited to participate in
seminars, coaching and other volunteer activities:
reminders and for global online discussions, see or sign up free at:
BUILDING COMMUNITY (A.B.C.) DAY PROCLAIMED BY MAYOR
ON THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF A.B.C.
than 140 community, national and international leaders and
celebrated the 40th anniversary of Allies Building
Community, Inc. (A.B.C.)
at the Friendship Archway Awards dinner banquet November 9,
2004 at Tony Cheng's
in Chinatown in Downtown Washington D.C. A.B.C.'s
Tai, was presented with D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams'
proclamation declaring Nov. 9, 2004 as "Allies
Building Community (ABC)
Mayor's proclamation hailed A.B.C.'s many achievements including
Friendship Archway programs, Conversationsnet programs, Asian
publications, Gallery Amerasia, Embassy Seminars,
Asian Arts Festivals,
Chinatown's Wah Luck House Community Hall, Friendship Archway
many innovative educational and community
Allies Building Community, Inc.
A PROCLAMATION BY THE MAYOR OF THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
nonprofit organizations who devote their time and talent to enhance
the quality of life for others are worthy of public praise and
Allies Building Community, Inc. (A.B.C.) has for many decades
pioneered many creative programs to help build Washington, DC as a
beautiful community of diverse backgrounds sharing joy, friendship
and prosperity; and
the Allies Building Community, Inc. (A.B.C.) developed the first
Asian Arts Festival, Gallery Amerasia, Wah Luck House Community
Hall, Embassy Seminars, Chinatown Friendship Archway, Archway
Programs, Archway Awards, Asian Voice publications, and
Conversationsnet Programs; and
Building Community, Inc. (A.B.C.) has also contributed significantly
to the DC Commission for the Arts, DC Commission for Asian and
Pacific Islanders Affairs, DC Chinatown, Chinatown Steering
Committee and has provided leadership, mentoring and valuable
assistance to many individuals and groups:
THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,
do hereby proclaim November 9, 2004, as “ALLIES
BUILDING COMMUNITY, INC. (A.B.C.) DAY” in
Washington, DC, and call upon all the residents of this great city
to join me in commending this organization for helping to enhance
the quality of life of others.
District of Columbia
is the Friendship Archway?
The Friendship Archway is a symbol of
friendship. For allies building community it is a call for thoughts of
appreciation, forgiveness, and acts of kindness and caring in our
daily lives. It is a reminder to teach only joy, friendship (perfect
love) and prosperity for that is what we value and who we are.
Let us remember to return to our heart and remain in the friendship
zone of our mind. The number 2 in archway2.org reminds us
that we are really never alone because there is an Archway Friend
within our mind who is always with us to guide us, love us, forgive
us and comfort us. We can have
a conversation with this Friend anytime.
Friendship Archway monument is located at 7th and H Streets N.W. in
Washington D.C. (next to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
Station). Washington D.C.'s Friendship Archway is the largest
single-span Chinese Archway in the world.
It is a happy and colorful physical monumental structure
spanning the 4 lane street that looks to the future
instead of the past. It is a brightly decorated public icon
reflecting the joyful diversity of the global community united
symbolically by the Archway. It represents the aspiration of Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders to be your allies and friends for
joy, friendship and prosperity for all.
conversationsnet groups meet monthly
is part of an ongoing process and series of Conversations for
achieving joy, friendship, prosperity and a beautiful quality of
life in the community. The Conversationsnet series includes
leadership, networking and educational Conversations.
Conversationsnet™ programs provide opportunities for people of
diverse backgrounds to come together, practice together and succeed
together. Conversations groups meet monthly on different topics in
the Washington D.C. area. Locations are selected by the group
organizers of different topics. see one of the groups at
http://www.meetup.com/organizers/ No RSVP is
required, it is free and inclusive, just show up, everyone is
is the purpose of the Friendship Archway Awards
The purpose of the Friendship Archway Awards is to appreciate and
honor truly helpful attitudes, behaviors, contributions,
volunteer community services and public service that model the
spirit of friendship, kindness and compassion in action in
the community. It is an opportunity for the community to recognize
outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals,
organizations and businesses. It is an opportunity for
everyone to thank the nominees and co-sponsors personally for teaching
by example what is the meaning of friendship
in people's lives.
ancient times, Archways were erected in Asia to publicly recognize a
major contribution to society. It was a supreme honor, given to
individuals who had served their community well.
Through the ages, Archways were built in different colors and
sizes, symbolizing different levels of service.
To be worthy of an Archway was the aspiration of anyone who
dreamt of success.
D.C.'s Friendship Archway is the largest single-span Chinese Archway
in the world called for by the Washington D.C. Chinese community.
It is a strong visual image reflecting traditional Asian
value of Friendship combined with western technology.
Erected in 1986 in the heart of downtown Washington, at 7th
and H Streets Northwest, the Friendship Archway symbolizes not only
the friendship between the "sister cities" of Beijing and
Washington D.C., but it also symbolizes the spirit of joy and
friendship among people of diverse backgrounds.
Friendship Archway Hall of Fame and Community Awards, created in
1997 by Award International Inc., have been presented annually by
Allies Building Community Inc. (A.B.C.) and the Chinatown Steering
Committee, along with leaders, participating organizations and
co-sponsors interested in bridging East and West and enhancing the
quality of life for everyone. The
2004 Friendship Archway Community Awards were granted to individuals
and organizations who have made significant contributions in the
community and to individuals who exemplified the Friendship Archway
Spirit in their work, life or relationships. Their names have been
included in The Friendship Archway Honor Roll.
Websites have been reserved to provide opportunities for the voices
of community citizens to be heard related to their aspirations for
the future of their community and for sharing your thoughts on
questions that matter. This is done by participating in a
variety of positive websites and activities to share thoughts on a
variety of topics to improve East West interpersonal and
We appreciate your interest and we hope you will join us in
co-creating other Archway websites to maximize joy and personal
growth in our local and global community. We sincerely appreciate any contribution
you make since this program is a volunteer community effort
supported by volunteer contributions.
Spirit of the Friendship Archway
like the olden times where hatred flamed
folks failed to forgive and pain endured,
Mighty Spirit with a love that cures
come to Washington, to us explain,
help us realize a dream so named,
learn and serve through Chinese joint ventures;
of good will and faith with overtures
Friendship Archway Spirit now proclaims!
us your thoughts, your wisdom and your cheer
we give you what you desire to find.
build a world that sees no need for fear
Sister Cities’ love, let us be kind.
share our strengths, exchange our best for years,
friendship we invest, the tie that binds."
By Dwan L.Tai, Ph.D., September 18, 1986
poem written by Dr. Tai was originally published in Asian Voice
Inauguration of the Friendship Archway in Washington D.C., November,
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