Chinese Students Encounter America
ISBN : 978-962-209-593-9
304 pages, 6″ x 9″
For sale in the Greater China area (Hong Kong, the Mainland, Macao, Taiwan), Japan and Singapore only
An instant bestseller upon its publication in China in 1996, Chinese Students Encounter America (Liuxue Meiguo) appealed to those who had studied abroad, those who dreamed of doing so, and those who wanted a glimpse of the real America. Since China reopened to the West in the late 1970s, several hundred thousand Chinese students and scholars have travelled abroad for advanced education, primarily to the United States. Based on interviews conducted while the author studied journalism and taught Chinese literature at the University of Michigan, Chinese Students Encounter America tells the poignant and often revealing stories of students from a variety of backgrounds.
Qian presents the experience of Chinese students today through anecdotes ranging from students’ obsession with obtaining Green Cards and their struggles to support themselves, to their marital crises. Looming large in these personal stories is the legacy of China’s three decades of social and political turbulence following the Communist revolution in 1949 and America’s dizzying abundance of material goods and personal freedom.
“Not a sentimental paean, but an objective chronicle of the lives of Chinese students who have become a significant presence on almost every university campus in [America].” —New York Times
“[Qian] presents a realistic portrait of America that is as deep as it is sweeping. He juxtaposes snapshot interviews of Chinese emigres with impressionistic freeze frames of American and Chinese life.” —Christian Science Monitor