overseas Chinese/Returnees Part 3

Chinese National Games invites overseas Chinese athletes for first time

June 15, 2017

  • China’s General Administration of Sport (GAS) on June 14 announced that, for the first time, the upcoming National Games will extend invitations to overseas Chinese athletes. According to the invitation letter, sent by the All-China Sports Federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee, the upcoming 13th National Games will be a “brand new” sporting event. The Games will be held between August and September in Tianjin. “We hereby announce that we invite all high-level Chinese athletes living across the world to join the competitions of these Games. We hope that you can all demonstrate your excellent sports talents and outstanding skills in the National Games,” reads the invitation letter.


Alibaba Launches Tmall World To Serve 100M Overseas Chinese Shoppers

June 12, 2017

  • Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. announced today the official launch of Tmall World as part of its globalization strategy. The new platform aims to connect the over 100 million overseas Chinese shoppers worldwide with products offered on its flagship e-commerce portals, Taobao and Tmall. The new program will initially focus on countries and regions close to Alibaba’s home market, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. In Hong Kong, Alibaba will expand its product categories by adding Tmall Supermarket to existing offerings. Singapore and Malaysia have been included in the priority markets to offer Tmall World because of their sizeable Chinese population, Alibaba said in an announcement.


Premier calls on overseas Chinese to join in innovation, economic cooperation


  • Premier Li Keqiang on Monday called on the Chinese diaspora to actively participate in the country’s innovation drive and its economic cooperation with the rest of the world. China’s economy is keeping steady growth with positive outlook and the government has confidence in delivering the annual development goals, Li said while meeting delegates at the second overseas Chinese industrial and commercial congress in Beijing. With a high growth rate, fast structural upgrading and stable employment, China is showing its advantages as a “hotspot” for investment and a huge market for merchandise, Li told delegates.


Does a foreign manager know how to be successful in China?

May 15, 2017

  • Lots of foreign companies in China have to make a decision about personnel, whom to employ. Nowadays, more often the first preference is to recruit local candidates who are bilingual and who have experience of working in multinational corporations. The second choice is for Chinese ‘returnees’ who are ethnic Chinese with experience of studying and working abroad. Yet for certain niches and top positions with strong management skills, there can be openings for expatriate staff. But do the foreign managers know how to perform successfully in China?


Temple professor, once accused of spying for China, sues FBI agents

May 10, 2017

  • Two years after the Justice Department labeled him a Chinese spy only to abruptly withdraw that claim without explanation or apology, Temple University physics professor Xiaoxing Xi is suing the FBI agents who built the case against him. In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia, Xi alleges that U.S. counterintelligence investigators targeted him because of his ethnicity and willfully misinterpreted evidence to fit a false narrative that he stole secrets from a U.S. company. The collapse of Xi’s prosecution four months later came on the heels of three other high-profile Justice Department missteps involving charges filed against Chinese American scientists, including a case prosecutors withdrew in 2014 against Sherry Chen, an Ohio-based hydrologist for the National Weather Service, who was accused of illegally accessing a government database and lying about a meeting with a high-ranking Chinese official.


Why Chinese overseas students are now returning home in record numbers


  • China is the world’s largest source of students pursuing education overseas, but the number of Chinese students who opt to return to the homeland to launch their career and contribute to the development of the country has been steadily increasing in recent years. According to statistics from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, 2016 saw a record high of 432,500 ‘returnees’. The outbound-to-return ratio has increased by about 10 percent in the past four years: from 72.38 percent in 2012 to 82.23 percent in 2016.


Innovative base set up in Shanghai for overseas Chinese

April 19, 2017

  • Shanghai established an innovative and entrepreneurial base and enterprise cluster in Yangpu District for overseas Chinese on Wednesday. To attract investment and wisdom from overseas Chinese into innovation and startups, 16 such facilities have been established previously across China on the initiative of the State Council, which are all named as “Qiao Meng Yuan” or garden of overseas Chinese — dreams in Chinese language.


In Indonesia, labor friction and politics fan anti-Chinese sentiment

Apr 18, 2017

  • A bitterly fought election to govern Indonesia’s capital that has fanned religious tensions has also thrown a spotlight on anti-foreign sentiment, as conspiracy theories swirl about an influx of illegal Chinese workers spurring vigilantism.


Executives from China urge students in US to come home

18 April, 2017

  • “We really hope that going back home will be your first choice because many industries in China need you,” Zhou Xin, the chief executive officer of New York-listed E-House (China) Holdings, told students attending the Penn Wharton China Summit. Speakers also included China’s New York-based Consul General Zhang Qiyue, Li Ning, founder of the Chinese sportswear company of the same name, and Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith. “The biggest crisis we have in [China’s] arts and entertainment industry is the lack of skills,” said Zhang Jizhong, producer of a number of television series for state broadcaster CCTV, including an adaptation of the classic Journey to the West. “I’m encouraging all of the students I see here to come back to China, and they can contact me personally,” Zhang said at the summit.


China’s ‘Best And Brightest’ Leaving U.S. Universities And Returning Home

Apr 17, 2017

  • Chinese college students studying in the U.S. are finding it just as interesting these days to return home to the world’s No. 2 economy rather than staying a few years in the world’s No. 1. Some 82.23% of students who studied abroad returned to China last year, up from 72.38% in 2012, according to government figures. China’s 21st Century Education Research Institute said foreign countries’ job markets could not accommodate the surge in Chinese students. It wasn’t just Chinese studying in their preferred country — the United States — but also included students that were studying in New Zealand and Australia as well. National Institute of Education Sciences researcher Chu Chaohui said returning students had more resources and better networks in China to find a job, while Chinese students in the U.S. were dependent on 20,000 H1-B visas for tens of thousands of students, not only from China, and the majority of them working in computer sciences.


More Chinese return for work after studying overseas


  • More Chinese students are choosing to return to their homeland for work after pursuing their education abroad. That’s according to official data released this week. By the end of 2016, the cumulative total of returned students hit 2.65 million. In 2016 alone, more than 432,500 came back, a record high. In the past four years, the ratio of students choosing to return has increased by about 10 percentage points, from some 70 percent in 2012 to over 80 percent in 2016.


More overseas Chinese students lured by China’s economic strength


  • China’s economic might is attracting more overseas Chinese students home, with over 2.6 million having already returned and their numbers still growing, government data shows. The total of Chinese overseas students who have returned to China is increasing years after year, with more than 432,000 students returning in 2016, the highest since the establishment of China, when only 248 returned, Yang Tao, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) said Tuesday. More than 660,000 Chinese overseas students are expected to return to China in 2017, according to a report by overseas recruitment company Lockin China in March.


Chinese Lives Matter Petition Becoming Viral in the Overseas Chinese Community


United Passenger’s Violent Removal Sparks Outrage In China


  • Images of a bloodied passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago drew widespread condemnation in China following a witnesses’ report that the man said he was targeted because he was Chinese. Video of the violent incident posted on China’s popular Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo had been viewed more than 210 million times by late Tuesday. Many responded with outrage over perceived ethnic bias against the passenger and some called for a boycott of the U.S.-based airline.


American-Chinese Lady’s Dream of Attending Tsinghua

April 7, 2017

  • Whilst countless Chinese students are heading to study in the United States, one of the exceptions is an 18-year-old American-Chinese woman who has made great efforts to gain admission to Tsinghua University (THU), one of China’s top universities. “I am longing to study in China and experience Chinese culture one day,” read a sentence of Chen Yufei’s short composition, which she wrote around four years ago. Those who were born in America should know their roots and identify themselves as Chinese because they will not get lost, feel ashamed or reject their motherland’s culture in the crisis of identity of American society, Tan concluded.


Overseas Chinese Incl in Indonesia Play Huge Role in China‘s Economy, Politics

03 April 2017

  • The number of Chinese immigrants, including those who have changed their nationalities, is estimated at about 60 million. The number continues to rise as more people study abroad. In terms of population, 60 million is nearly equivalent to the world’s 25th-largest country. The richest Chinese immigrants come from Fujian, where Xi spent 17 years. It’s where most of the affluent people in the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore originally hail from. Deng Xiaoping, who spearheaded China’s reform and opening-up policy [in 1978] also placed importance on Chinese immigrants. That’s why, to attract more investment, he created special economic zones in areas where large numbers of them originally hailed from. Were it not for Chinese immigrants, the reform and opening-up push would have taken much more time to bear fruit. Foreign companies slowed their investment in China since June 4, 1989, but Chinese immigrants more than picked up the slack. [Xi’s father] Xi Zhongxun is the first politician to recognize the value of Chinese immigrants. At a meeting in 1984 that brought together executives from rural areas in charge of matters related to their communities, he said Chinese immigrants were equipped with financial, technological and business management abilities, and that China needed to entice them to play an active role in building the country’s economy.


America’s hidden role in Chinese weapons research

29 March, 2017

  • For more than a decade, China has been ramping up efforts to lure back talented scientists working at laboratories in the US linked to America’s nuclear weapons programme and other military research, as well as those working for Nasa and companies such as Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing. Many of the scientists returning to China have worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which plays a key role in today’s US nuclear weapons programme, or the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. While the numbers remain unknown, so many scientists from Los Alamos have returned to Chinese universities and research institutes that people have dubbed them the “Los Alamos club”.


80% of Chinese students return home – MoE

Mar 16, 2017

  • Around 80% of Chinese students who left to study overseas returned to China in 2016, according to new statistics from the Ministry of Education. Also referred to as ‘sea turtles’, the number of Chinese returnees reached 432,500 in 2016, an increase from 409,100 in 2015.


Returning Chinese from Abroad Driven by Legal Barriers, Other Opportunities

Mar 04, 2017

  • Over the recent years, Chinese students have opted to explore other opportunities in foreign shores. In a striking turn of events, however, more students are also coming home, according to an article by the Wall Street Journal. For China’s part, the country has long attempted to lure Chinese students to come home by developing industrial parks for startup companies. Back in 2000, there are only about 50 industrial parks in China, but the number has boomed to 300, with most incubating startups led by returnees, the WSJ article reported. Entrepreneurs like Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, have also contributed to the rise of startup culture in China.


More Chinese students return from overseas in 2016


  • More Chinese students returned from overseas after graduating in 2016, according to the Ministry of Education on Wednesday. In 2016, 544,500 Chinese students studied overseas, 144,900 people more than 2012; while the number of returnees in 2016 was 432,500, up 159,600 than 2012, said Xu Tao, head of the international division of the ministry.


3 Questions: Emma Teng on “China Comes to Tech”

February 9, 2017

  • Today MIT has extensive ties to China, but few people know how old those ties really are. The first Chinese student at MIT arrived on campus in 1877, and roughly 400 students from China matriculated at the Institute over the next half-century. Among other accomplishments, Chinese graduates of MIT helped pioneer early aircraft at Boeing and advanced research in areas including microwave spectroscopy and nonlinear control theory. Chinese students at MIT also starred in collegiate sports, from wrestling to tennis, track, and soccer. Now, a new on-campus exhibit, “China Comes to Tech: 1877-1931,” gathers materials from this chapter in MIT history for the first time. The exhibit opens today, Feb. 10, and runs free of charge through November, in MIT’s Maihaugen Gallery in Building 14N. MIT News talked with Emma Teng, a professor of history and global studies who helped develop and curate the exhibit.


Xi urges all Chinese to contribute to national rejuvenation


  • President Xi Jinping has called for all Chinese, whether at home or abroad, to unite toward achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Xi made the remarks in a written instruction delivered at a national meeting on overseas Chinese affairs held in Beijing Friday. Xi acknowledged that Party committees, governments and authorities working for overseas Chinese affairs at all levels play an important part in protecting the rights of such groups, as they support the nation’s development and peaceful reunification, and boost friendly cooperation between China and other countries. Xi called on people working for overseas Chinese affairs to make the most of the strength of returned overseas Chinese and those still residing abroad, in a bid to make greater contribution to realizing the country’s “two centenary goals” and the Chinese dream of great national renewal.


Chinese American in Chicago teaches fellow Chinese about guns


  • An Al Jazeera short documentary released this week tells the story of a Chinese man living in a Chicago suburb, and how he came to be a fierce gun rights advocate and gun coach. “Unless you can take away all the guns from criminals, I will not give up my guns,” said Jun Wang, a software engineer living in Evanston, a few miles north of Chicago, in an interview with Al Jazeera. Wang was born and raised in China, where he played with toy guns and watched shows like Garrison’s Gorillas. Back then, he didn’t handle any real guns. But when he came to America in the mid-1990’s, he became concerned about his safety after hearing about violent crime, and incidents in which Asians are specifically targeted. Having little more than a kitchen knife for self defense, he decided to arm himself.


The new face of US science

03 January 2017

  • Our analysis of IPUMS-USA data reveals a cohort that entered the laboratory workforce as NIH funding grew from US$13.7 billion in 1998 to $28.1 billion in 2004. These ‘doubling boomers’ arguably suffered most as funds subsequently decreased (when adjusted for inflation). In 2004, there were nearly 26,000 individuals under 40 with PhDs working as biomedical scientists. By 2011, there were nearly 36,000. Over this period, the number of faculty jobs did not increase. Indeed, the number of openings expected as a result of academics retiring has declined since 1995, when federal law made it illegal for universities to mandate retirement at age 65 (ref. 3).
  • Our data also show that the biomedical workforce is diverse. Almost half under age 40 are from a US minority (individuals who are not white and are non-Hispanic). Some immigrant or second-generation groups are well represented in science; others are not. Among researchers from Asian ethnic groups, around half are of Chinese background and another one-quarter are Indian. The majority of Latino scientists have heritage from Mexico or South America. The representation of various racial and ethnic groups differs from that of the general US population. For example, Korean and Puerto Rican individuals enter biomedical science at proportionally lower rates. Understanding such dynamics is crucial to focus recruitment and retention energies.


Once disdained, Chinese-American food makes it in New York

December 23, 2016

  • Chinese cuisine in America has come a long way from its early incarnation. For a long time, Chinese-American food tended to be thought of as cheap, greasy fast food to be eaten directly from the boxes it came in. But these days, Chinese restaurants are featured in fashion magazines and the cuisine is curated in museums, marking a big change in the way it is perceived. Now, two museum exhibitions in New York — a video installation called “Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy” at the Museum of Chinese in America and the more interactive “Chow” at the Museum of Food and Drink — highlight the place of American-Chinese food in U.S. culture, while celebrating a new generation of culinary talents whose kitchens now draw long lines.


Survey Shows Political and Religious Shifts Among Chinese Students in U.S.

November 30th, 2016

  • Last year, the number of Chinese students studying at American schools topped 328,000 — more than five times the number a decade ago — making them by far the largest cohort of international students in the country. The survey, which was conducted online in April 2016, examined everything from political and religious attitudes to social and cultural experiences. It included 960 students from Mainland China, representing about 23 percent of Purdue’s total Chinese student body. Among American universities, Purdue has the third largest Chinese population. However, both surveys found that the Chinese students tended to develop a more positive outlook toward their own country. In the Purdue study, 44 percent said their attitude toward China had become more positive, with 17 percent reporting a more negative view.


Asian-Americans drive Silicon Valley innovation

November 27, 2016

  • For millions of people around the globe, daily life is now dominated by the U.S. tech sector. Facebook is a primary communication tool for many, while iPhones or smartphones running Google’s Android operating system are the go-to handsets in many parts of the world. The virtual reality buzz created by Oculus, meanwhile, is making waves as far away as China. Ernestine Fu, a partner at venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners and co-founder of startup Blackstorm Labs, said it took her about a decade in Silicon Valley before she realized that “one of the biggest obstacles for people like me is just how hard it can be to trust your instincts around taking risky bets when you were taught [all] your life to seek stability and avoid risk at all costs.” The young entrepreneur, born to Chinese immigrants, added: “When you grow up your entire life with this mindset, and then you’re thrust into the American brand of entrepreneurism … you can’t help but feel this strong dissonance, like everything you’re doing is fundamentally wrong.”


China job fair to attract overseas students

November 26, 2016

  • Western Returned Scholars Association of China on Saturday launched a global job fair, named to attract Chinese studying abroad. A total of 378 mid- to high-end positions are available in the fair’s main venue in Beijing, while more than 5,000 jobs are open for applications on the association’s official website. The job fair also has 129 partner venues in 21 countries, including Britain, France and Germany.


China’s improved international image and more Chinese immigrants in the US create a trend of American-born Chinese marrying within their race


  • Song is among the many ABCs who marry or look for potential spouses within their race. Census data released by the Pew Research Center in February 2012 found that the percentage of US-born Asian-American newlyweds who married someone of a different race dropped by almost 10 percent between 2008 and 2010 as more of them are marrying within their community. More ABCs are beginning to choose Chinese or people of Chinese origin as their ideal romantic partners because of their common language and cultural advantages. Experts say that an improved international image of China and more Chinese immigrants in the US are responsible for the trend.


Most overseas returnees earn less than US$8,800 a year

November 15, 2016

  • Chinese returning home from overseas are facing more employment pressure amid global economic slowdown and a tight job market, according to a report released this month on China’s labor market. A total of 1.8 million, or 74.4 percent of the overseas Chinese students, came back to their homeland after graduation since the country’s reform and opening up policy in the late 1970s, the report estimates.


The most representative oriental beauty face in London, an interview of Wang Zi Jin

November 10, 2016

  • A: As I can adapt to new environments quickly and comprehend the differences between western and Chinese culture and values, these differences have little impact on me. Just do in Rome as the Romans do. However, some online videos make most foreigners misunderstand Chinese, for instance, the video of the misconduct by Chinese tourists. Many people see China as it was in old China. Actually China has changed a lot with rapid development, and I feel proud of being a Chinese. But it’s a pity that many people know little about China, a nation with splendid traditional culture and excellent morality, and high-speed economic and technological development. A: Well, I plan to go travelling in Europe for a while after graduation, and then go back to China. It’s my motherland that I have profound emotion to. In my opinion, we shall come back to our hometown driven by the profound emotion to our motherland.