The Importance Of Chinese Students In The United States

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Chinese students in United States

Golden sunlight shines through the clear sky, casts a sharp bright reflection on the top of the mountains in distanced. The airs is tingled up with the sweet smell of summer orange blossom, and with mountains are lining up in one direction, the ocean in the other. The horizon of the blue ocean stretches far and gently vanished little by little, and then finally kisses the skyline. Peer out from the hills over the ocean coast, those palm trees grown tall into the sky, swaying their branches in the breezes, which look like they are long-necked, shaggy-haired giraffes dancing with delight. California --- a Golden State that portrayed as a larger-than-life coast paradise where anything can be possible. In addition
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The number of students from China studying at universities across the United States has increased so dramatically that the total number of undergraduate students from China has doubled in the last two years. And now Chinese students have made up to one-third of the total international students in the states (Los Angeles Times, 3). However, not even few decades ago, there were less than 2000 students studying in the U.S. In addition, almost all of them were sent by government and were paid with full scholarships by top universities, mostly Ivy League universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown and etc. Therefore, the average age of Chinese students in America is around 22 or over. Now, the majority of Chinese students pay their own way to come study in America, either in high schools, colleges or universities. Most importantly, many of them come here with a much younger age at …show more content…
Coming from a country that is fundamentally different in so many aspects from language, culture, social structure, to political ideology, Chinese students ' cross-cultural experiences in the America are almost always likely to be stressful. As we all known, the more different two countries are, the more stressful the adjustment is likely to be. Therefore, Chinese students ' coping experiences are likely to be more difficult compared with those students from European countries. In addition, China and America have been identified as having the greatest cultural distance (Samovar and Porter, 1991). Nonetheless, as what Yan, Kun, Berliner, David C have mentioned in their academic journal named CHINESE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ' ACADEMIC STRESSORS IN THE UNITED STATES, researches have indicated that international students who come from non-European backgrounds, Third-World countries and/or Eastern countries, tend to suffer more stress in adjusting and adapting to American campus life (Perkins, 1977; Lin, 1998). And China is in all three: it is a non-European and Third-World, as well as Eastern country. Moreover, Chinese students may be expected to encounter the challenges and the difficulties people from all three of these backgrounds ordinarily encounter. With

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