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But there is one crucial difference; the young man is not alone but wi
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ying abroad with daddy”. The plot depicts the lives of three young Chinese s
上海419论坛tudents and their fathers, or mothers, who accompany them to a developed cou
ntry. Predicaments then arise. Study problems, issues with the homestay family, exam cheating and a campus shooting. This has ignited responses fro
m viewers, with mixed voices including both positive and faultfinding critical comments.上海419论坛
Increasing numbers of Chinese students are opting to go abroad to further their studies in colleges and universities. According
上海419论坛女神会所to data from UNESCO, overseas Chinese students now account for
14 percent of the global total. China tops the rankings of international stu
dents, according to Xinhua News Agency, reaching 660,000 in 2018. Of these 596,300 are self-funded.
The TV series has attracted a huge number of viewers and “overseas stu上海419论坛女神会所
dents” is a hot topic for online comment. On Sina Weibo, the com
ments of the hashtag about the TV series have hit more than 1.1 million.上海419论坛
Few Chinese families are wealthy enough to dispatch a parent to help a student face the challenges of life overseas.
上海419论坛女神会所Lucy Zhu, for example, points to her own experiences. “One day, in my seni
or year, I was driving, but suddenly my car was hit by another car being driven by a US te
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In more ways than one, being an overseas student means there is a great learning curve. Jane Yang, now a US citizen, from Heb
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broad, looking back, made me a more independent, open-minded person,” she says.
To Zhang Shuwei, the 20-something producer of the series, “the keyword
is more ‘daddy’ than ‘study abroad”‘, since the plot also depicts the lives of the three pa上海419论坛女神会所
rents, who accompany their children. Audience response suggests that they would like to learn more about the st
udents and their travails. The show has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 on review site Douban.
Yet on the other hand, the struggles of the overseas students portrayed in the TV series s
till managed to reveal typical issues faced or experienced by Chinese students who study abroad.