Chinese Students Prove a Tricky Fit on U.S. Campuses | Tom Bartlett and Karin Fischer | The Chronicle of Higher Education | 11 November, 2011
The China Conundrum
American colleges find the Chinese-student boom a tricky fit. Dozens of new students crowded into a lobby of the University of Delaware’s student center at the start of the academic year. Many were stylishly attired in distressed jeans and bright-colored sneakers; half tapped away silently on smartphones while the rest engaged in boisterous conversations. Eavesdropping on those conversations, however, would have been difficult for an observer not fluent in Mandarin. That’s because, with the exception of one lost-looking soul from Colombia, all the students were from China.