Why Are There Chinese Students In Australia?

A group of Chinese international students state that they pay little attention to politics or historical events. One even admitted of not having any knowledge of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. A study from Melbourne University, based on the interviews with the Chinese students, found out that these people have come to Australia to "increase their employability at home". According to their testimonies which were published anonymously in the Journal of Australian Studies this month, they were distrustful to both Chinese and Western media — they see both as biased in different ways.

Manjun Jiang, who is studying science at the University of Melbourne, told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age she believed media bias contributed to suspicion towards Chinese students.
"Most Chinese students here have nothing to do with the Chinese government," she said.
"If they [Australians] were educated and have actually been to China they wouldn't have that impression. They have been brainwashed by the media to think China is very suspicious."
The 20-year-old thought studying in Australia would give her an edge in finding a job. "The study quality is better here and I get to practise English which is an advantage," Ms Jiang, who did not take part in the study, said.
Many of the 20 students interviewed were unaware of some of the most severe ruptures in 20th century Chinese history, including the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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I have family members who went back to Asia after spending years at school here in the States. Almost all of them say that they miss "the freedom" of living in the United States but appreciate that there's actually more economic opportunities where they're living now.
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First, there are plenty of people who are of Chinese heritage who live in/are citizens of Australia (including my daughter in law) -- I'm kind of surprised that people there are at all suspicious of Chinese students, but, then again, some people will always be xenophobic. Secondly, my kid spent 4 years at a boarding school in New England that is known for its international scope -- and a huge proportion of its international students (well, not huge in actual numbers; it's a smallish school) are from China and become very Americanized very quickly. (I heard one Chinese boy talking about how he wanted to be a rapper.) I've started to wonder (with some concern) how these kids are going to go back to an increasingly rigid China once they've gotten used to the more-flexible US (or for that matter Australia, for those there.) Certainly being fluent in English will be a plus for them in their job market, and having some first-hand knowledge of other countries is always useful, but I wonder if they will chafe at the more rigid hierarchical structure of home once returning there.
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