Posted On: Tuesday - October 13th 2020 6:29PM MST
In Topics:   University  China  Educational Stupidity
"Yeah, no shit."
Because she came to register the twins for elementary school on a certain date that we remember, my wife and I realized it's been a year since this Chinese Scholar visited in our presence.
At this point, see, the Kung Flu comeback is in slow progress, in our area anyway. Basically, besides young idiot frisbee golf players and dufuses* driving around in their cars with face masks on by themselves, everyone seems to have relaxed. Actually, I hope it's more that they've seen through the hysteria.
My son and I were outside the elementary school when this Chinese lady, speaking very good English, told us that these were her twins (fraternal, a boy and a girl) she was registering for school. Now this is a nice school, paid for with lots of middle and upper-middle class property tax money. "Yes, I'm a visiting scholar at the University."
I've seen a lot of this lately. I can remember a dozen Chinese science guys visiting for a year, back in the 1980s, who were like people from Mars at that time. It was in the newspaper and everything, as they were from the mainland, and that was a rare thing. You knew people whose families were from Hong Kong or Taiwan, or else they'd been here for a long time. There was this guy from Latvia, back when it was still in the East Bloc, an engineer who may have had lots to share with the professors about his esoteric field.
That's all good stuff. This lady, and she's not the only one, told me "oh, English is my field." What the 乘坐飞机 性交?! I understand we can all learn something from each other. At the university, it's great to have some new perspective introduced into one's field. But, but ... how in the hell can a Chinese lady add to the body of knowledge of English? We have plenty of Chinese people in every university town or city in America, so we're already culturally enriched up the ying yang!
I don't blame the lady for taking advantage. She's got her 2 children immersed in an English- (and very, very low level of Ebonics-) speaking classroom. The folks footing some of the bill, the Chinese government, are paying for the school indirectly via the property taxes on Mrs. Chinawoman's stipend-supported rent payment. The lady can hang with Chinese people all over town to eat real Chinese food. Her husband got to visit, then went back. He missed the whole Kung Flu fiasco, at least on this end. The two kids are getting along and seem as nice as can be.
The question I have is, how on Earth does a visiting Chinese scholar in the field of English benefit Americans in any way? Will we introduce new words into our languages, say to describe new type of chicken dishes in the buffet restaurants? Will she teach people how to pronounce words like lawyer correctly? (That one's a bitch for them.)
From the US embassy/consulate site for China (in English), I read something about the visiting scholars in the Fulbright Program. No, this is not the well-known Fulbright Scholarship. It comes under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program, though, proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945 (signed by President Truman in 1946) to foster cultural exchange in both directions at universities around the world.
This may not be the exact program the woman is in, as there are so many people coming to "visit" (who knows?) I do know that almost all of these deals are for a year. Well, it's been over a year. The twins are still in the school. Because this Kung Flu business has the mode of schooling up in turmoil at the present time, she can now be involved, with 2 kids, mind you, in the decision of how to run things.
An assimilated Chinese source in America asks me this: WTF are they still doing here?
PS: Re: "What the 乘坐飞机 性交?!": I did the best with the translation I could, with the internet I got. I back-translated as a check, and, with my English words appended at the beginning, it gave me "What the have sex by air?" Hahahaaa! Pretty good.
* Sorry, spell check is nervous about this one. Is it dufae?