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Chinese 'parachute kids' flock to US schools

Published Tue, Apr 5, 2016 · 09:50 PM
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Murrieta, United States

GROWING up in mainland China, Hailun "Helen" Zhou always knew that she would finish her high school education in America, whatever the cost.

"That's what everybody does," said the 17-year-old from Sichuan province who has spent the last two years studying in California and will be graduating this spring. "My father's friends all sent their kids abroad, so that was the trend."

She is among a growing number of Chinese teens who are flocking to US high schools, looking for a western education and a competitive edge in gaining admission to US universities and then finding a job back home.

But the pursuit of the American dream can quickly turn into a nightmare, experts warn, as many of these so-called "parachute kids" live in…

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