overseas Chinese/Returnees Part 2

Local firms target Chinese scientists from Silicon Valley


  • Race on to hire expertise, researchers with big salaries to boost AI and other tech sectors Chinese companies are actively targeting overseas scientists and researchers in California’s Silicon Valley, in a move to attract them to China and boost the development of the country’s information technology industry, according to a recent report. The quarterly report for October to December, released by Hays, a leading global specialist recruitment group, shows that the rapid development of the country’s IT industry is providing golden opportunities for well-educated overseas Chinese nationals to seek developing their careers back in their home country. “Artificial intelligence scientists with broad experience are highly in demand by Chinese companies,” said Simon Lance, managing director of Hays in China.


When Expat Chinese Academics Return Home

October 20, 2016

  • Academics who return to China after studying abroad are more likely to be promoted to full professor than those who stay at home for their Ph.D., a study suggests. But overseas returnees are less likely to secure senior positions above the rank of professor than China-educated Ph.D.s, who are more trusted and have more time to work their way into social and professional networks that can lead to high-level promotions, the new analysis suggests. Described as the first study of the impact of guanxi networks of Chinese social ties on academic promotion, the paper, published in Science Direct, analyzed the career trajectory of 116 overseas-trained Ph.D.s who started their first academic jobs in China between 2000 and 2010.


Chinese Americans hold first anti-violence protest with guns


  • Some 2,000 Chinese Americans from eastern United States paraded in Philadelphia on Saturday to protest against violence, with about 50 people carrying guns. It was the first time Chinese Americans have protested with guns. The rally was a reaction to increasing violence against Chinese Americans as well as a rap song explaining how to target and rob Chinese people. African American rapper YG’s 2014 music video “Meet the Flockers” showed burglars wearing bandanas breaking into a home with a picture of an Asian American family of four sitting at the table. The lyrics says ‘First, you find a house and scope it out…find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts’. The music video has been viewed more than 400,000 times on YouTube during the last two years.


UC Davis international students drive demand for Chinese cuisine

October 16, 2016

  • Fueled by the arrival of international students from China, the Chinese culinary scene in the college town of Davis is experiencing a renaissance as once-common fare like orange chicken is replaced by spicy boiling fish, sauteed pork kidney and hearty hot pot. “We won’t eat anything other than Chinese or Japanese food,” said Maggie Mai, an 18-year-old freshman from landlocked Jiangxi province, who was feasting on tan tan noodles and kung pao chicken at Hunan. “Everything else is garbage,” added her friend, Sam Lai, 19, a native of the bustling city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.


Overseas studies pay off

October 15, 2016

  • More than half of companies in a survey said they favor Chinese students returning from overseas over their domestically educated peers. Multinationals and private companies, particularly startups founded by people who themselves were students overseas, are more likely to offer better benefits to returned students, compared with what is offered to those who graduated from domestic universities, according to the 2016 Employment Report on Chinese Students Returning from Overseas. It found that 82.5 percent of employers were willing to offer preferential benefits, such as better posts and higher starting salaries, to returned students.


Top political advisor says overseas Chinese can help China achieve centenary goals


  • Top Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Monday called on authorities to better use the strengths of returned overseas Chinese and those still residing abroad to achieve China’s two centenary goals. Yu, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, made the remarks during a commemorative event to mark the 60th anniversary of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese (AFROC). Yu said returned overseas Chinese, their relatives and Chinese compatriots residing abroad are major contributors to China’s modernization, its reunification, and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.


The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

14 September 2016

  • China’s stupendous growth since the mid-1990s has overshadowed the diaspora, but this only obscures its key enabling role in China’s rise. ‘Diaspora’ is of course a reductionist term that elides the variation among overseas Chinese in history, outlook and circumstances — most are not wealthy businessmen. From the outset of China’s economic reform era, diaspora Chinese have provided the lion’s share of inward foreign investment. This has been concentrated in export-oriented sectors, driving growth of transnational production networks that today bind China’s neighbours to it through the world’s most integrated intraregional trading system. But this outcome was not pre-ordained. In the 1980s, China was still a capital-poor country, racked by political battles over the direction of economic reform.


60 per cent of Chinese in New Zealand feel unsafe, survey finds

26 August, 2016

  • Sixty per cent of Chinese living in New Zealand feel unsafe, according to an online survey released on Friday. The survey result runs counter to the common perception that New Zealand is one of the safest places in the world, although the researcher who conducted the poll pointed out the results only reflected people’s perceptions, not the true crime situation in the nation.


Premier Li asks overseas Chinese to invest at home


  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday asked overseas Chinese to contribute more to the country’s development, and join in exchanges with other countries. Li was speaking with delegates to the Eighth World Conference of Overseas Chinese Friendship Associations, extending greetings to more than 60 million compatriots overseas. Overseas Chinese have a strong sense of the culture and traditions of the motherland, and display the Chinese virtues of diligence, intelligence and inclusiveness in their achievements in other countries, Li said.


Growing overseas returnees drawn to new boomtowns


  • According to LinkedIn’s report, Hangzhou ranks first both on number of returnees and increasing rate of returnees between 2010 and 2015. Cheng Yuan, who set up his IT company Fangcloud Technology in Hangzhou in 2013, believes the city has the strongest entrepreneurial atmosphere in China except Beijing. The computing master of the year 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University served as the core engineer of the then-startup Box, which later grew into America’s largest cloud storage service provider for businesses. He witnessed the company’s growth and had an all-around vision of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial atmosphere.


More students returning from overseas to start business


  • A record number of students who have studied overseas are coming home to start their own businesses, according to a report by the National Development and Reform Commission(NDRC), China’s top economic planner. By the end of 2014, the country had a total of 305 start-up business incubators designed especially for students returning from abroad. These so-called “overseas students pioneer parks” are home to 22,000 start-ups, employing 63,000 returned students who have studied overseas, the report shows. From 2008 to 2015, China’s “Recruitment Program of Global Experts” (1,000 talent plan) has introduced 5,208 high-level talents from overseas. The plan also funded 307 returnees in high-tech enterprises, with 500,000 yuan ($74,800) or 200,000 yuan ($ 29,900) for each, and 70 million yuan in total from 2009 to 2014.


China tries to end brain drain, lure foreign-educated talent

August 6, 2016

  • As a young biologist at the University of Michigan, Chen Xiaowei had plenty to like about life in the U.S. He was paid well as a researcher and enjoyed raising his family in Ann Arbor, a town he remembers as beautiful, friendly and highly educated. But an offer from a Chinese university for him to return home to Beijing was too generous not to consider. In addition to a comparable salary, he was promised enough startup research money that he wouldn’t have to worry about pursuing grants, and as he saw it, there was a chance to make a bigger difference in China. So in 2014 he moved back with his wife and two children. A 2014 report by Oak Ridge Institute shows 85 percent of the 4,121 Chinese students who received doctorates in science and engineering from American universities in 2006 were still in the U.S. five years later. Still, that marked an improvement: The stay rate had been 98 percent a decade earlier.


Table tennis-Facing the Motherland is bittersweet for China’s emigres


  • Scores of China-born athletes have switched citizenship in the two decades since the Asian powerhouse returned to the Olympic fold in 1984, driven by stiff competition for national team places that has shut out many aspiring Olympians. The Chinese emigres are most apparent in the table tennis tournament at Rio, where China is expected to dominate as usual. Discounting 12 players competing for China, Hong Kong and self-ruled Taiwan, 27 of the 140 entrants in the singles were born in China but will represent nations like Portugal, Qatar and Republic of Congo.


A Chinese-American Scientist Shaking up Silicon Valley


  • Stanford University physics professor Zhang Shoucheng was gifted and determined from a young age. Born in 1963 in Shanghai on the cusp of the Cultural Revolution, a decade of political turmoil when universities were closed and lessons in schools were disrupted, Zhang taught himself science and mathematics from books he could find. When the chaos subsided and the university entrance exam resumed in 1977, he seized this opportunity and took the exam a year later. Zhang was 15 years old and had only completed junior high school when he qualified to enter Fudan University in Shanghai, one of the top schools in the country. After a year at Fudan, Zhang won a government scholarship to study at the Free University in Berlin and then went on to get doctoral degree at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. Zhang joined the faculty at Stanford University, California in 1993 to teach physics after a stint at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose.


More overseas Chinese scientists deciding to return home

June 13, 2016

  • China’s increased investment in science and technology is having a global impact on the field. Higher wages and improved facilities are drawing some of the country’s top scientific minds back to China. The effort is also increasing collaboration with overseas institutions. Inside the University of Sydney’s state of the art Nanoscience Hub. Chunle Xiong is carrying out work on an unimaginable scale. After moving to Australia to join the university 8 years ago – Xiong has gained a reputation for being a pioneer in photonics – controlling photons or particles of light in a way that scientists say will transform the world around us.


More female students who study abroad are returning to China


  • More Chinese students are returning home after studying overseas, largely because of the difficulty in finding a suitable partner, the Yangcheng Evening News reported on Sunday. Of those who return, nearly 60 percent are women. China’s Ministry of Education released a report saying that 79.87 percent of Chinese students studying abroad chose to return to China to continue their careers in 2014. Statistics show that 59.16 percent of female overseas returnees come home after finishing their studies, surpassing the number of their male counterparts. The reason is mainly because it is relatively difficult to find a marriage partner in a foreign country.


Over 4 mln Chinese students study abroad since 1978: report


  • A report published on Friday said as of the end of 2015, 4.04 million Chinese students had studied or were studying overseas since the country opened to the world in 1978. Published by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the report, which is about employment of students who have returned home, said a total of 2.22 million students had come back. In 2015, over 520,000 Chinese students went abroad for study, and 409,100 came back.


Over 400,000 graduates return to China in 2015


  • A total of 409,100 Chinese students returned from overseas after graduating in 2015, said an official on Wednesday. The returnees brings the total of returned Chinese students to over 2.21 million by the end of 2015, said Tang Tao, vice minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, at a multi-ministerial meeting on services for returned overseas students.


Why overseas Chinese students return


  • Why are overseas Chinese students increasingly returning to China after studying? Two decades ago, the answer to the question was, “My motherland needs me.” Now, the words are in reverse, “I need my motherland.” So, why come back now? “The official reason is I am an only child, and my parents want me to stay close,” said my friend Lucy, 30, who got her master’s degree in the UK. “The unofficial/lame reason is I can’t get a job, so I have to get out.” Unlike the last generation of students, Lucy has no problem fitting in abroad. She speaks perfect English, has a lot of foreign friends and likes the European lifestyle, but she said she still constantly felt socially isolated and rejected. “I can’t say people are racists,” Lucy said. “But at the end of a day, don’t we all want to work with someone who is closer to us rather than a foreigner?”


Number of Chinese permanent residents in Canada’s BC on decline

Feb 4, 2016

  • According to the Canada’s immigration authority, the number of Chinese permanent residents living in British Columbia fell by 50 per cent in the last decade. There were just over 6,000 permanent residents moving to B.C from China in 2014 which fell from 13,600 in 2005. One theory is that more young, educated Chinese people are returning to China to work after completing their schooling in Canada…


Local attraction: young Chinese no longer staying overseas after graduating from foreign universities

22 September, 2015

  • The chance to work at a Silicon Valley start-up and snag a work visa used to be the ideal dream for Chinese citizens who graduated from universities overseas. But an increasing number now opt for a different path – a better start back home. As Beijing pours more money into spurring innovation, the number of Chinese students returning to the mainland to work after studying abroad has steadily increased, with many citing more attractive jobs offers and an improved environment for entrepreneurship as the main reasons for their ticket back to China. “I feel like there are many more opportunities in China because the internet is still booming and there are many open areas that need to be worked on,” said Orion Zhao Oulun, a 24-year-old returnee. “The market in the US is much more saturated.”


More Chinese overseas students eye work opportunities back home


  • A total of 353,500 overseas graduates returned home in 2013, while nearly 410,000 went abroad to study, said director of the ministry’s service center for overseas study Sun Jianming. Since oversees study was opened up in 1978, 3.05 million Chinese citizens have taken advantage of the initiative. By the end of 2013, 1.44 million had brought their skills back to China.


Chinese are the world’s largest foreign student group


  • The number of students who return to China after finishing their studies abroad is also on the rise. A total of 350,000 students came back to China last year, roughly 30 times the number that returned in the early 2000s. The latest survey shows that more than 70 percent of overseas-educated Chinese students return to China after graduating.


70% of Chinese overseas willing to return for work


  • In a survey conducted on Chinese living in North America by CareerBuilder, a recruiting company, 70 percent of participants expressed willingness to work in China or start a new business in China. Of these, 24.69 percent were highly willing to and 45.68 percent were willing to return but needed more time to think about it. For those willing to return to work in China, 32.5 percent made the decision to take care of and support parents, 27.9 percent felt a stronger sense of belonging in China and 16.1 percent were attracted to China’s fast economic development.


Overseas Chinese talent is starting to look homeward


  • Many overseas Chinese should probably start to consider China the right place to pursue their dreams, as China is now encouraging innovation-driven development and economic growth. Top leaders in China repeatedly vow to create an ecosystem more favorable for overseas talents who want to return to, work and live in China. China began sending students and scholars to study abroad about 100 years ago and, since 1978, has been quickening the pace. By the end of 2012, 2.64 million Chinese had been sent abroad for schooling and only 1.09 million have returned, according to the Ministry of Education.


More returning to China after study overseas, Education Ministry says

23 September, 2014

  • A survey by the ministry found that more than 60 per cent held master’s degrees, while 30 per cent had only a bachelor’s degree. Six per cent had obtained a doctorate. Countries they were leaving included the United States, Australia, Britain, Japan, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. The centre issued a report on China returnees last year and it showed 70 per cent of Chinese studying overseas planned to come back, most of them born in the 1980s, into single-child families and wanting to be near their parents.


China’s returned overseas students top 354,000 in 2013

May 28, 2014

  • About 354,000 Chinese overseas students returned to China after graduation in 2013, up 29.5 percent year on year, according to statistics released on Wednesday. The total number of Chinese overseas students reached 1.44 million by the end of 2013, said the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) in a report.


Overseas Chinese bring skills back home


  • “The qualities of our engineers has improved, and our nation’s infrastructure has significantly improved compared with ten years ago. The government has given a lot of support in the market and business environment, and has issued many preferential policies, to promote the development of enterprise.” said Li Chaoyang, CEO, Solorein Technology. Many returned overseas Chinese experts like Li Chaoyang bring with them technical expertise that has allowed them to start businesses in pioneering fields such as bio-medicine, information technology, new materials and new energy. But these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the industries that China is looking to set up. Over 1.09 million people came back to China in 2012 to seek work opportunities. Many set up their own businesses. As China’s business environment continues to improve, it’s expected that more will come and bring their talents with them.


Chinese return from overseas study hungry for work


  • A new report on Chinese overseas returnees in 2013 showed that graduates with a master’s degree represent the largest group among those who returned to China from overseas study, while those with a doctoral degree comprise the smallest. The Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, under China’s Ministry of Education, released a report on Saturday about the study and the employment situation of overseas-returned Chinese students. The report was based on the study and a survey of the 189,000 overseas returnees that the center provided service for in 2013. Those who returned to China with a master’s degree make up 63 percent of the total, while those with a doctoral degree and above represent only 6 percent. More than 91 percent of the returnees are between 23 and 30 years old.