At what point is the price of preparing children for academic excellence simply too high? To answer this question, Lenora Chu spent years investigating the Chinese educational system, spurred in no small part by her son’s experiences in a public school in Shanghai. Based on her findings, Lenora subsequently wrote the best-selling and hard-hitting exploration of China’s educational system in a global perspective, Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve. On this episode, Lenora discusses the challenges of writing a book with such personal subject matter as well as the main takeaways from her up-close comparisons of the U.S. and Chinese educational systems.
Episode 25: Lenora Chu
Juliana Batista is a brand strategy consultant with experience in the U.S. and China, and she previously operated at the intersection of sustainability and strategy for a Hong Kong-based textile manufacturer. Her experiences in China range from studying at Tsinghua University through Schwarzman Scholars to working and living in a 4th-tier industrial town. Juliana is an avid ultramarathoner and has a soft spot for jianbing.
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