It’s been well documented (here on SAPL and elsewhere) that Asians are moderately intelligent, and as so, they’ve figured that the standard of higher education back in Asia is dreadfully mediocre. That’s why so many Asians pack their bags and leave their homelands in search of some good old-fashioned Western education. After all, what would you prefer, a medical degree from the Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine or an equivalent from, I dunno, Stanford University? *wink* I rest my case.
Asians have figured out due to factors such as globalization and whatnot, that English-speaking countries are the preferable exchange destinations. Often targeted nations include Australia (close proximity to Asia), the United Kingdom (birthplace of Western education), and the mighty United States (well, simply because it’s America, people… AMERICA!!!). Asians feel that increased job opportunities back in their homeland will eventuate with a swanky degree from a prestigious Western institution. This “privileged education” will help them stand out from that regular Joe Blow back home who graduated from Ho Chi Minh (nothing against education in Ho Chi Minh – it’s just that many an inept TV doctor has “graduated” from that institution). =D
There are two methods in which Asian adolescents can realize their dreams of studying abroad. Either:
1) Said Asian is so especially gifted and prodigiously intelligent that they virtually force their way into such education out of sheer brilliance, or
2) Said Asian’s parents are loaded.
Method 1 is self-explanatory. Method 2 is admittedly a more common pathway to the goldmine of Western education for Asian international students. Asian parents value education, almost as much food, clothing and shelter. Amongst many Asians, a strong education is a sign of a strong upbringing, and Asians parents, being as pragmatic as they are, realize that their children’s successes (or lack thereof perhaps) will reflect upon them. Thus, many Asian parents are more than happy to invest in their beloved children’s well-being by sending them to the finest schooling they can afford – which apparently lies here in the Western world.
When Asian international students do make the trek West for further education, they tend to be concentrated in specific faculty areas. Anything related to science, engineering, medicine or information technology is prime– whereby logic, numbers and reasoning is valued over forming even the slightest coherent sentence in English. No wonder Asian international students think a Bachelor of Arts is a degree in painting! However, the biggest haven of study for Asian international students is the field of Accounting. After all, Asians love numbers. It’s a perfect fit!
Maybe it is from personal experience, but for some reason Asians truly strive to become accountants (don’t know why though – accountants, along with dentists have exorbitantly high suicide rates). Actually, a fun thing to do when entering an Accounting lecture is to count how many white people there are in the class. In one of my lectures, in a class of more than 100, there were only 3 white people in attendance, almost everyone else was Asian! Sometimes gives you doubts as to whether you’re studying in an Asian or a Western institution!
There are other situations. If an Asian’s parents haven’t already migrated to the Western world (inevitably for their children’s sake), many Asians take it upon themselves to make the journey themselves. It is seen as the first positive step amongst many, after all: Good Education-> Good Job-> Good Life. So what are you waiting for, my fellow Asians? If you’re not looking towards Western education as a viable option – then you really should! Don’t get left back in Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine, when there are far more prestigious options out there waiting for you!
On a side note, in keeping with the “Studying Overseas” theme, this writer is conforming to this notion somewhat – by going on a study program overseas in Shanghai International Studies University over the November 08 – January 09 period. So basically, what I’m saying is, if you don’t hear from me during that period, it means they’ve gotten to me… *wink*
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