Why Chinese International Students Struggle | 중국 유학생들의 실태 | 留学生が実家に電話する | 中国在澳留学生与父母的对话

Why Chinese International Students Struggle | 중국 유학생들의 실태 | 留学生が実家に電話する | 中国在澳留学生与父母的对话

August 31, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


There are many Chinese international students
who face challenges while studying overseas. So we asked a group of Chinese international students to call their parents from China and talk about their issues. What we are gonna do is, we are gonna get you to call your parents, like, right now and ask them questions about their expectations of you and you need to tell them the challenges you are going through as an international student. First, tell them what you are going through and ask them how they feel about it. So do you want to, maybe, give them a call
now? Hello? Hey, Mom. Can you hear… Shouldn’t you be in class right now? Why are you calling me? I don’t have class today. Just wanted to ask you a few questions. Why did you send me overseas to study? I’m a teacher in China so I feel that studying in China is much more stressful for
students. When I first left China to study abroad by
myself, it can be quite lonely and daunting. Did you guys have any concerns? Yes, but we can communicate often. I know that studying abroad can be quite hard, but in the end, it’ll pay off and give you
opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have if you stayed
in China. Our generation worked really hard to provide you with this… this… great opportunity to leave China and study
abroad. So you must make the most of it. Because my first language isn’t English, when I’m communicating with local students there are some challenges. How do you think I should approach this? You should go talk to them first. If you keep talking to them, your English will continue to improve. You have to be able to endure the hardship and study hard so that you don’t disappoint
us. If you do your best every day, that would make us happy. We will support you no matter what you choose
to do. We want you to look after yourself. Be happy and try to make new friends. Thanks, Mom! No problem, take care of yourself. Bye. Bye, Mom. There is a perception that Chinese students
always hang out in their own little groups and they never really try to integrate or
assimilate. Why do you think that is? The two cultures are quite different, which makes communicating very difficult. For example, when you speak to your Chinese friends, they will understand you right away. But if you talk to local students, they might have trouble understanding you. I’ve noticed on occasions local students tend to assume you can’t speak
English just because you’re an international student. For example, when you’re in a group assignment they don’t want to be in your group. I feel that if there were some platforms or
activities, that encourage more interaction between domestic and international students, that will be very helpful as there just aren’t
many opportunities where you could talk to one
another. This is because of the lack of confidence and language barrier that make it difficult to communicate and
you don’t know how the locals will react to you. I feel like it can be pretty scary. Is there anything you wanna say to your parents that you wouldn’t be able to say face to
face? I’m very happy to have had this opportunity to leave home and study overseas. I’m very grateful for your help and support. I love you, Mom and Dad. I know your expectations of me are very high. I won’t waste this opportunity. I’m doing really well over here so please don’t be too worried about me. I’ll also try to contact you guys as much
as I can.