A Look at Chinese Students in the U.S.

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at what it’s like to be a Chinese student studying abroad in America.  The article is called “The China Boom,” but it’s really more about why Chinese students choose to come to the U.S. and what parts of American culture they find most uncomfortable.

Interestingly, the article picks up on some topics that our bloggers have talked about, including:

– The struggle between adopting American culture and preserving your home culture
– How lonely it can feel to arrive alone in a new country
– How you pick up American expressions (and other linguistic challenges)
– The unfamiliarity of college parties, as well as widespread use of alcohol and drugs on college campuses, which is a topic we’ll be addressing in the next few weeks


  1. The term ” Chinese ” is very much misunderstood. Many would think of Chineses in China. But there are Chineses everywhere around the world. So, is it Chineses as in China’s nationals or Chineses as in overseas’ Chineses from other countries ? Overseas’ Chineses, a term used by China to differentiate the Chineses in China and Chineses elsewhere, could be as Chinese as the Chinese in China or they might have married with other races but still carry the father’s surname though they may not know their actual Chinese language.

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