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Old 08-15-2012, 11:17 AM
Agent Foxtrot Agent Foxtrot is offline
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If Asian education systems are so rigorous, why do so many Asian students come to the U.S.?

I'm not sure if this is a GQ or a GD, but as a university student, this question has been burning me.

Both universities I've attended have an extremely large Asian student population (especially in the sciences), mostly Chinese and Korean.

Now my understanding is that Asian school systems are some of the most rigorous in the world. Early on the kids must master science, mathematics, music, and language, among other things, and must prove and reprove that mastery again and again. In fact, there exists a stereotype here in the U.S. that the Asian students are so well-educated, they make the American students look bad.

So if the above is true, why do so many Asian students come to the U.S. for college and graduate programs? I would imagine their university programs are better than ours since their grade schools do a better job of preparing them, right?