beijing, china, chinese students, seattle, technology, uw

Seattle Holds Special Allure For Chinese Students

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Sarah Ye (left), Eric Wang and Elaine Cheng are students at Seattle University.

Part two of a five-part series on Chinese students aiming to earn degrees in the U.S.

For students from China, Seattle is a place to stretch their wings and build a foundation for future success, according to three Seattle University graduate students.

Elaine Cheng, Eric Wang and Sarah Ye arrived together in Seattle nine months ago from Shanghai to study for a Masters of Professional Accounting at Seattle University. All three previously studied financial accounting at Shanghai International Studies University, and their Seattle University studies will complete their undergraduate degree in China. In their short time here, they’ve learned to overcome the “Seattle Freeze,” deal with stereotypes, and get to know more about how American people think and live.

They agreed to meet me for an interview over huo guo (“hot pot”) at the noisy Hong Kong Bistro in the International District and share their perspectives about why they chose to study in Seattle and their experiences so far. We had previously come to know one another through church.

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