‘Here, I am above average’: Chinese ‘parachute kids’ are coming to the U.S. at younger ages

Nov 25, 2016 by

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Before she came to the U.S. for high school, Yuhan “Coco” Yang remembers wanting to “fly away” from her life in China, where school began at the crack of dawn and lasted until the sky went dark.

She cried a lot her first few days at a private Catholic high school in Pomona, missing family back in China. But at least she had freedom to be herself. She could go shopping, watch TV and meet friends at restaurants and teahouses in the vast, Chinese-speaking suburbs of the San Gabriel Valley.

Her grades were decent, but the lessons America was supposed to teach her, she didn’t learn until she was in prison.

“Life is a course where teachers and parents can’t help, and where there is no choice but you walk by yourself, slowly,” Yang wrote in a letter from the California Institution for Women, a correctional facility in Chino.

Source: ‘Here, I am above average’: Chinese ‘parachute kids’ are coming to the U.S. at younger ages – LA Times

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