I was reminded today, as I am every day, that China is not America. Chinese students need pressure and deadlines. American students need space and guidelines. Chinese students need straight lines. American students need best fit lines. Chinese students need to be scared. American students need to be befriended. Chinese students need intensive work. American students need “review.” Chinese students need to be watched. American students need to be “supervised.”
Everything needs to be super specific for these Chinese students. There is no such thing as “feeling things out.” Everything is black and white. The bottom line is that there are deadlines and that everything in life can fit on a to-do list or schedule.
I think it’s sad but they don’t know any other way.