Articles By: Emily Mitis
According to the 2010 National Population Census of China, 19.3 percent of the world’s population are Chinese citizens. The relationship between the U.S. and China has become increasingly important. So what do China’s approximately 1.4 billion people think about the U.S. and Americans?
China, with its fast-paced population growth, is now faced with the task of educating 26 percent of the world’s students on 2 percent of the world’s resources, says Gordon Sang, professor of education at Beijing Normal University. With 80 percent of China’s population living in rural areas, the government has recognized an outstanding need to modernize schools and improve teaching efficiency.
In a large, dimly lit room, silent all but for the sound of dozens of clacking keyboards, Gao Hai, 22, looked up from his computer screen, hesitant to momentarily leave his online game of Death of the Ancients. “I’ve been playing for 3 hours, almost 4 so far today,” he says. “I’ve played all but one day this week.”
Once a common source of food, dogs have become trusted companions for a growing number of today’s Chinese. Thanks to the country’s booming economy, keeping larger high-maintenance pets is now more affordable in a country that traditionally focused on low-maintenance birds and crickets.
“There are more Chinese kids right now learning English than there are American kids learning English,” said New Yorker magazine China correspondent Evan Osnos when he recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” But that is not to say that American kids aren’t learning Chinese as well.