Roundup: 5 Stories

From SCMP:

Latest estimates by Shenzhen Customs say there are more than 30,000 cross-border pupils who each day spend three to four hours travelling to study in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

But in recent years Shenzhen’s education scene has developed with international schools becoming more common in the city, which has always been criticised for its lack of quality education, medical services and daily conveniences, despite its reputation as a hi-tech powerhouse.

From San Diego Union Tribune:

Q: Why is the UC system turning to other countries? Aren’t there tons of Californians who want to get into schools like UCSD?

A: That’s a sensitive political question that UCSD does not like to discuss.

Over the past 20 years, the percentage of revenue that the UC gets from the state has dropped by almost 20 points, to about six percent. The Great Recession made things worse. So UC campuses began recruiting more out-of-state and international students. Those students pay about $30,000 a year more that California residents in tuition and fees.

I get angry emails from people who say that this should not have happened. The reality is that California voters, as a group, did not rise up say, “No, don’t do it” when the state cut the UC’s budget.” They accepted the fact the the UC would increase tuition and seek money in other places to make up for the shortfalls.

From DFS Caller:

It has been two months since Jiang Bo started teaching 20 students about Chinese culture and history in Silicon Valley.

The 23-year-old man teaches at the first US school of Zhuge Academy, a major Chinese education brand.

This Chinese school, specializing in teaching Chinese culture and history, is conducting a trial run in the tech hub of the US. Despite tense China-US relations, teachers and parents at the school are not worried about educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

From the Nanjinger:

Before China’s opening up and reform, the chances of any ordinary person seeing a foreigner were slim to none; now they are ten a penny. However, colossal change in society over the last 40 years aside, many Chinese people, especially the middle to older generations, still feel a certain fascination when encountering foreigners.

Some weeks ago, as part of a group of international school students, I went on a sports trip from Nanjing to Suzhou. Waiting outside the bus at the service area on the highway, a group of Chinese people from the bus beside ours started taking photos of the foreign students, examining their faces from a distance, enjoying the view of the “Lao Wai”.

One man even shoved a professional camera in front of my friend’s face, while another person tried to take a photo with a foreign teacher. He was too shy to ask, so his friend tried to help him ask, saying in Chinese, “My friend, my friend”, showing their interest and “friendliness”, while the teacher was waving no, a simple and common move in western culture that might not look friendly to the Chinese people in this case.

This is a pretty typical recount of all of my school trips since 2012, where some Chinese amateur photographers play paparazzi and make us all feel famous for a day.

From the Philly Inquirer:

On this trip, I decided to check out a joint program between Temple University and the law school at Tsinghua University, one of China’s finest, a program that is celebrating its 20th anniversary.