PERSONAL NOTE: Today is Thursday August 9…a very special day for me. I saw an unexpected AP (Associated Press) reporter trying to contact with me via the WeChat, then an email later? How did this American reporter get in touch with me? Because I always include my email, wechat, etc in most of my articles I wrote for Facebook or my Blog or any other publications. That is how Ariel Tu, the AP reporter, stationed in Los Angeles was able to connect with me. She told me she saw something I wrote and was published by the English newspapers in Hong Kong – SCMP, one of my favorite newspapers to read, owned by the famous Jack Ma. I wasn’t sure what I wrote so she sent me the article, published July 30. You can read the article below. Ariel is interested after reading my article and is doing more research on the issue of Chinese students who are now studying overseas…and we had a very lengthy conversation (interview) via the telephone…7 years as a visiting professor in China have opened my eyes to many aspects of Chinese students and their parents and anything and everything connected to their kids and their education overseas! I fear the picture I painted for Ariel is not very flattering…I have to be honest about what I saw and learned and experienced in China and those studying here in USA…after all I was once an international student myself! Anyway, what a month so far…being selected for publication on my essay on the 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHINA’S REFORM AND OPENING UP by China Daily, a newspaper owned and operated by the communist party in mainland China..I am waiting for more surprises! I continue to write and share my thoughts and opinions and ideas openly in Facebook and my blog…life goes on! Somehow I have always entertained the idea: good deeds will be rewarded and now it seems I am not alone…the world is watching what I am doing with my pen! Steve, USA August 9, 2018
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, Hong Kong
LETTERS – OVERSEAS CHINESE
Why are Chinese students in the US keen to go home? Blame their English
PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 July, 2018 (Print and online editions)
Why are students returning to China in droves (“How Chinese students who return home after studying abroad succeed – and why they don’t”, July 27)? I am Chinese American, I have met and known Chinese students coming to America for years. I was a visiting professor at an elite school in China for seven years. I have seen, known, and talked to many students about their experiences overseas. Based on my personal observations, there are several reasons why many Chinese students are choosing to return home.
In the years or decades past, most students who left China to study in America came from families of modest means. But they had the brains and they wanted a good life. That is why, in the early days, only a small percentage returned home to China. The students who now study in the US come from rich families, and they want to return home because their parents are wealthy and many own businesses.
The tragedy now also is that many Chinese students prefer to spend most of their time with their own kind. Four years or less is too little time for them to get to know the American way of life. They spend most of their time with other Chinese students and not many really improve their fluency in English.
After four years, America is still a stranger to them, and many can’t find jobs here because their English is still very poor. That is because, during the four years here, they don’t care to get to know America better, they isolate themselves from its culture and society and rarely try to learn to improve their English-speaking ability. So they have no choice but to return to China.
Chinese students overseas face depression and disillusionment
I have read article after article on this, and many avoid talking about this critical aspect of life in America. If the Chinese do not socialise with the rest of America, and prefer to isolate themselves in their Chinese homes and Chinese community, it is not surprising to see them labelled as unsocial or unfriendly.
But the real reason many Chinese are not comfortable intermingling with Americans is that they do not communicate fluently in English. That is the problem and tragedy of many of our Chinese students studying in America. Lacking the ability to speak fluent American English and failing to fit in, they choose to go home to their parents, who have the money to support their habits and lifestyles.
Stephen Ling, Washington
This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Why are Chinese students in the US keen on returning home? Blame their English