Chinese Kids at Canadian Universities: Isolated

From the Vancouver Sun:

Some Canadian educators, and researchers like Mengwei Su and Laura Harrison of Ohio University, say the intense concentration of Chinese students in Western schools brings with it drawbacks, however, mainly for the students themselves.

Even though Western universities welcome Chinese students as “a particularly lucrative market,” Su and Harrison found many of the young Chinese struggle with English and integrating into Western culture — partly because they are ending up in classrooms and living situations dominated by other students from China.

“Seventy per cent of the students in my class are from China,” one Chinese student told the Ohio researchers, describing the sense of social segregation. “The class is not much different from that in our country,” said another Chinese pupil.

One young woman from China opted to study in the Netherlands rather than North America, saying, “I want to avoid too many Chinese students.”

This is a big problem.

Students are being used as compliant revenue producers.

The university people, for their part, say “But we are open. The Chinese students are welcome to blend with the Canadian students.”

But this doesn’t happen without a concerted effort.

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