Lessons in separation

By Xu Fan ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-09-22 08:41:19

Lessons in separation

The hit TV series A Love for Separation, starring Huang Lei (right) and Hai Qing (third from right), is about Chinese parents sending their teenage children to study abroad. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In 2006, Lu Qiang toured the United States to visit some famous universities.

The veteran reporter saw a number of Chinese there, most of whom had begun their US educations in middle school.

"They had left home as teenagers."

But this was a departure from the past.

"Earlier, most Chinese went abroad to study after graduation," says Lu, better known by his pseudonym, Lu Yingong.

Realizing what he was witnessing was unprecedented-in later years, it led to headlines about Chinese students abroad "getting younger"-Lu decided to document what he saw.

The then deputy editor-in-chief of the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News started by interviewing Chinese students in Russia in 2007 and Japan a few years later.

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