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Korean parents send their kids to China

On our trip to Korea, we learned quite an interesting little snippet about where Korean parents are placing their bets for the future. It seems that it is now quite typical for Korean families to send their middle- and high-school children to China for some years. There, they get to learn the language, understand the customs and build networks beginning at quite an early age. Isn’t this a fascinating long-term play? It reminds me of the educational push in the 1960’s and 1970’s in which many Korean students came to the United States to learn enough to form the intellectual foundation for what are now some major industries here, such as semiconductors and insurance.

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