Boom or Bust?: Being a Chinese Student in Illinois

Responding to the New York Times article “The China Boom,” a Chinese student at the University of Illinois takes a deeper look at life for himself and his Chinese classmates.

For two weeks I asked other Chinese students in the U.S. to tell me about their lives. Some were acquaintances, others complete strangers. As far as they’ve told me, they aren’t “booming” at all, not even close – they are troubled, isolated or sleep-deprived.

It’s a brutally honest and insightful look at the different ways people respond to coming to the U.S., and worth a read.