Following various negative experiences with “spoiled” children, some host families in the US are now refusing to take in Chinese exchange students.
China’s three-decade long experiment in population control has notoriously resulted in a generation of pampered and entitled children, dubbed “little emperors”. While they may be treated like national treasures at home, they’re not always welcomed by American host families, and some said they would not accept any more Chinese exchange students despite the huge income that could be made, Bastille Post reports.
One US host family member from South California had been taking in, for four years, non-adult mainland students studying in United States. The family earned US$1,500 per month for serving each student, the report said.
He thought the money was quite good, but after hosting around 10 students from mainland China, he found them very difficult to serve. Describing them as “little kings”, he said all the only-child exchange students exhibited similarly poor living habits, such as not washing their own dishes after having meals, not sweeping their own mess on the floor, not keeping an eye on their food when cooking, not greeting people and more. Another host family that took in a mainland female student complained about her cleaning habits, or lack thereof, as well.
According to a study from the Institute of International Education, the number of international students enrolled in American high schools more than tripled in the past decade, and one in every three international students studying in US high schools in 2013 came from China.
By Joyce Ng
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