Chapter Seven: We all get schooled by Wenfei


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Wenfei is an education consultant in Shanghai. After he attended high school and college in America, a trend that is on the rise for students from China, he is in a unique position to counsel students that are hoping to do the same. In this episode, he compares and contrasts the American and Chinese educational systems, dives into some of the murky social and cultural implications of making the leap from China to America as a teenager, and provides some insight on the pressure that Chinese teens face when transitioning from one system to another. 

Works consulted:

Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.” by Erica L. Green and Katie Benner; “College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken,” by Anemona Hartocollis; “The Absurdity of College Admissions,” by Alia Wong; “Why So Many Chinese Students Come to America,” by PolyMatter; “China roots out its ‘gaokao migrants’ as university entrance exam nears,” by Laurie Chen; “China’s Unfair College Admissions System,” by Yiqin Fu; “Trade war: How reliant are US colleges on Chinese students,” by Reality Check team, BBC News; “The Real Reason Trump Wants to Ban Chinese College Students,” and by Christopher Rim.

Music credits:

Analytical Skeletons,” “Hip hop instrumental,” by csus; “Road Trip,” “Fake Mustache,” by Purrple Cat; “f@y,” by jack meijer; “Hip Hop Instrumental 174 BPM,” “Hip Hop Instrumental 130 BPM,” “Hip Hop Instrumental 82 BPM,” by Terri Skillz; “IC3PEAK Type beat- Sick,” by svd b1tch; “I Like You.,” by ARTST_UNKWN2; “Lofee,” Xmpty; “MTL,” by JMC; “Kronicle – Listen Up,” and by Fox Beat 2.


Thanks to Nowness Shanghai for letting me use their recording studio.