Chinese Students Need To Be Aware Of Western Laws
Chinese parents are famous for their discipline and control over their children, and their expectations for their children to excel and succeed. In China, in part due to the one child policy of the Chinese government of the last few decades, many children are very spoilt by their parents and also grandparents. Under their parents’ protection, they are controlled. But when they go to America, or even Australia, they sometimes lose control; with tragic results. It’s a prevalent trend for middle class and upper middle class Chinese parents to want their kids to study abroad, because Chinese education is often perceived as being not as prestigious.
Many of these Chinese parents want to send their children to Harvard or Yale, or an Australian university like Sydney or Melbourne. However, things such as bullying behaviour that you may be able to get away with at a Chinese campus can land a young person in jail for a long time in the USA or even Australia. Chinese students need to be aware of western laws when studying here. These issues are also affecting Chinese kids attending secondary schools in the United States; they call these kids ‘parachute kids’. This is because these children are sent to study in the US from as young as eight years of age, and they do not live with their parents, but with relatives or other students. The lack of real guardian supervision can impact on their behaviour as teenagers and young adults with disastrous results.
Three young Chinese parachute kids have recently been sentenced to between six and thirteen years gaol by a Californian court for severe bullying and beating of another Chinese girl. Obviously, something has gone seriously wrong with their upbringing whilst living and studying in America. The value that some people place on money and status can backfire when young human beings are neglected of love and nurture. They would feel like aliens in a strange world and how they react to that constant ‘outsider’ status may warp them from the inside. A secular education in a highly materialistic culture like the United States, without the backbone of parental nurture and the reflection of your own cultural identity seems to be a recipe for failure.
Chinese students need to be aware of western laws; and even more importantly they need parental nurture if they come to western countries as relatively young children.