Slow Times

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Normally, at the start of a new Semester (in Asia Spring starts in one week), we are preparing for 15 – 20 American students… Incoming…

This semester the numbers are very low for China – for pretty much all study abroad programs in China. We only have seven. We were going to have eight. But one of the US students, based in New Jersey, appears to be originally from the Sudan… And she has been advised not to leave the US. Will not come to China. I guess our bottom line has been impacted by the so-calle Muslim travel ban…

Why are fewer American students coming to China? This industry has always been cyclical, but I think the recent downturn has much to do with the negative publicity China receives in the American media. There is the air pollution problem. There is Cold War-style friction with the islands. ┬áVarious politicians, from both parties, have increased tensions with China. China this, China that…

So there is more “parental concern” regarding sending young, university-age American students to China…

Things will surely turn up again, but when? When there is a better vibe between the two countries…

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