overseas Chinese/Returnees Part 3

80% of Chinese students return home – MoE

Mar 16, 2017

  • Around 80% of Chinese students who left to study overseas returned to China in 2016, according to new statistics from the Ministry of Education. Also referred to as ‘sea turtles’, the number of Chinese returnees reached 432,500 in 2016, an increase from 409,100 in 2015.


Returning Chinese from Abroad Driven by Legal Barriers, Other Opportunities

Mar 04, 2017

  • Over the recent years, Chinese students have opted to explore other opportunities in foreign shores. In a striking turn of events, however, more students are also coming home, according to an article by the Wall Street Journal. For China’s part, the country has long attempted to lure Chinese students to come home by developing industrial parks for startup companies. Back in 2000, there are only about 50 industrial parks in China, but the number has boomed to 300, with most incubating startups led by returnees, the WSJ article reported. Entrepreneurs like Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, have also contributed to the rise of startup culture in China.


More Chinese students return from overseas in 2016


  • More Chinese students returned from overseas after graduating in 2016, according to the Ministry of Education on Wednesday. In 2016, 544,500 Chinese students studied overseas, 144,900 people more than 2012; while the number of returnees in 2016 was 432,500, up 159,600 than 2012, said Xu Tao, head of the international division of the ministry.


3 Questions: Emma Teng on “China Comes to Tech”

February 9, 2017

  • Today MIT has extensive ties to China, but few people know how old those ties really are. The first Chinese student at MIT arrived on campus in 1877, and roughly 400 students from China matriculated at the Institute over the next half-century. Among other accomplishments, Chinese graduates of MIT helped pioneer early aircraft at Boeing and advanced research in areas including microwave spectroscopy and nonlinear control theory. Chinese students at MIT also starred in collegiate sports, from wrestling to tennis, track, and soccer. Now, a new on-campus exhibit, “China Comes to Tech: 1877-1931,” gathers materials from this chapter in MIT history for the first time. The exhibit opens today, Feb. 10, and runs free of charge through November, in MIT’s Maihaugen Gallery in Building 14N. MIT News talked with Emma Teng, a professor of history and global studies who helped develop and curate the exhibit.


Xi urges all Chinese to contribute to national rejuvenation


  • President Xi Jinping has called for all Chinese, whether at home or abroad, to unite toward achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Xi made the remarks in a written instruction delivered at a national meeting on overseas Chinese affairs held in Beijing Friday. Xi acknowledged that Party committees, governments and authorities working for overseas Chinese affairs at all levels play an important part in protecting the rights of such groups, as they support the nation’s development and peaceful reunification, and boost friendly cooperation between China and other countries. Xi called on people working for overseas Chinese affairs to make the most of the strength of returned overseas Chinese and those still residing abroad, in a bid to make greater contribution to realizing the country’s “two centenary goals” and the Chinese dream of great national renewal.


Chinese American in Chicago teaches fellow Chinese about guns


  • An Al Jazeera short documentary released this week tells the story of a Chinese man living in a Chicago suburb, and how he came to be a fierce gun rights advocate and gun coach. “Unless you can take away all the guns from criminals, I will not give up my guns,” said Jun Wang, a software engineer living in Evanston, a few miles north of Chicago, in an interview with Al Jazeera. Wang was born and raised in China, where he played with toy guns and watched shows like Garrison’s Gorillas. Back then, he didn’t handle any real guns. But when he came to America in the mid-1990’s, he became concerned about his safety after hearing about violent crime, and incidents in which Asians are specifically targeted. Having little more than a kitchen knife for self defense, he decided to arm himself.


The new face of US science

03 January 2017

  • Our analysis of IPUMS-USA data reveals a cohort that entered the laboratory workforce as NIH funding grew from US$13.7 billion in 1998 to $28.1 billion in 2004. These ‘doubling boomers’ arguably suffered most as funds subsequently decreased (when adjusted for inflation). In 2004, there were nearly 26,000 individuals under 40 with PhDs working as biomedical scientists. By 2011, there were nearly 36,000. Over this period, the number of faculty jobs did not increase. Indeed, the number of openings expected as a result of academics retiring has declined since 1995, when federal law made it illegal for universities to mandate retirement at age 65 (ref. 3). http://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/7.41428.1483445818!/image/web-graphic-biomedical.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/web-graphic-biomedical.jpg Our data also show that the biomedical workforce is diverse. Almost half under age 40 are from a US minority (individuals who are not white and are non-Hispanic). Some immigrant or second-generation groups are well represented in science; others are not. Among researchers from Asian ethnic groups, around half are of Chinese background and another one-quarter are Indian. The majority of Latino scientists have heritage from Mexico or South America. The representation of various racial and ethnic groups differs from that of the general US population. For example, Korean and Puerto Rican individuals enter biomedical science at proportionally lower rates. Understanding such dynamics is crucial to focus recruitment and retention energies.


Once disdained, Chinese-American food makes it in New York

December 23, 2016

  • Chinese cuisine in America has come a long way from its early incarnation. For a long time, Chinese-American food tended to be thought of as cheap, greasy fast food to be eaten directly from the boxes it came in. But these days, Chinese restaurants are featured in fashion magazines and the cuisine is curated in museums, marking a big change in the way it is perceived. Now, two museum exhibitions in New York — a video installation called “Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy” at the Museum of Chinese in America and the more interactive “Chow” at the Museum of Food and Drink — highlight the place of American-Chinese food in U.S. culture, while celebrating a new generation of culinary talents whose kitchens now draw long lines.


Survey Shows Political and Religious Shifts Among Chinese Students in U.S.

November 30th, 2016

  • Last year, the number of Chinese students studying at American schools topped 328,000 — more than five times the number a decade ago — making them by far the largest cohort of international students in the country. The survey, which was conducted online in April 2016, examined everything from political and religious attitudes to social and cultural experiences. It included 960 students from Mainland China, representing about 23 percent of Purdue’s total Chinese student body. Among American universities, Purdue has the third largest Chinese population. However, both surveys found that the Chinese students tended to develop a more positive outlook toward their own country. In the Purdue study, 44 percent said their attitude toward China had become more positive, with 17 percent reporting a more negative view.


Asian-Americans drive Silicon Valley innovation

November 27, 2016

  • For millions of people around the globe, daily life is now dominated by the U.S. tech sector. Facebook is a primary communication tool for many, while iPhones or smartphones running Google’s Android operating system are the go-to handsets in many parts of the world. The virtual reality buzz created by Oculus, meanwhile, is making waves as far away as China. Ernestine Fu, a partner at venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners and co-founder of startup Blackstorm Labs, said it took her about a decade in Silicon Valley before she realized that “one of the biggest obstacles for people like me is just how hard it can be to trust your instincts around taking risky bets when you were taught [all] your life to seek stability and avoid risk at all costs.” The young entrepreneur, born to Chinese immigrants, added: “When you grow up your entire life with this mindset, and then you’re thrust into the American brand of entrepreneurism … you can’t help but feel this strong dissonance, like everything you’re doing is fundamentally wrong.”


China job fair to attract overseas students

November 26, 2016

  • Western Returned Scholars Association of China on Saturday launched a global job fair, named to attract Chinese studying abroad. A total of 378 mid- to high-end positions are available in the fair’s main venue in Beijing, while more than 5,000 jobs are open for applications on the association’s official website. The job fair also has 129 partner venues in 21 countries, including Britain, France and Germany.


China’s improved international image and more Chinese immigrants in the US create a trend of American-born Chinese marrying within their race


  • Song is among the many ABCs who marry or look for potential spouses within their race. Census data released by the Pew Research Center in February 2012 found that the percentage of US-born Asian-American newlyweds who married someone of a different race dropped by almost 10 percent between 2008 and 2010 as more of them are marrying within their community. More ABCs are beginning to choose Chinese or people of Chinese origin as their ideal romantic partners because of their common language and cultural advantages. Experts say that an improved international image of China and more Chinese immigrants in the US are responsible for the trend.


Most overseas returnees earn less than US$8,800 a year

November 15, 2016

  • Chinese returning home from overseas are facing more employment pressure amid global economic slowdown and a tight job market, according to a report released this month on China’s labor market. A total of 1.8 million, or 74.4 percent of the overseas Chinese students, came back to their homeland after graduation since the country’s reform and opening up policy in the late 1970s, the report estimates.


The most representative oriental beauty face in London, an interview of Wang Zi Jin

November 10, 2016

  • A: As I can adapt to new environments quickly and comprehend the differences between western and Chinese culture and values, these differences have little impact on me. Just do in Rome as the Romans do. However, some online videos make most foreigners misunderstand Chinese, for instance, the video of the misconduct by Chinese tourists. Many people see China as it was in old China. Actually China has changed a lot with rapid development, and I feel proud of being a Chinese. But it’s a pity that many people know little about China, a nation with splendid traditional culture and excellent morality, and high-speed economic and technological development. A: Well, I plan to go travelling in Europe for a while after graduation, and then go back to China. It’s my motherland that I have profound emotion to. In my opinion, we shall come back to our hometown driven by the profound emotion to our motherland.