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Old 08-12-2015, 07:22 AM
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I found this an interesting article today regarding the number of foreign students, specifically Chinese students, attending colleges in the Midwest. Having worked in downtown Iowa City for 8 years, I found the below to be very true except for the part about pickups driven by locals ... you'll find more economy cars than pickups. The link provides much more info on the subject.

In Iowa, globalization and a culture clash

Iowa City has gone global.

Stroll to the Old Capitol Mall on any given day and you'll see a lunchtime crowd from faraway cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Shenzhen and Wuhan. Take note of the cars that pass you. Mixed in with the souped-up Ford F-250s and Dodge Ram pickups preferred by natives are Maseratis, BMWs, Audis and Mercedes-Benzes. You might even glimpse a Lamborghini or a Ferrari.

Chinese students pay an estimated $70 million a year in tuition to the University of Iowa and pump an estimated $100 million into the local economy. They've become such a financial boon they help subsidize the education of their American peers.

The dramatic rise in Chinese students -- from a few hundred in 2000 to more than 2,500 today -- has brought culture shock and a series of major challenges ...

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Old 08-12-2015, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for sharing that insiteful offering from CNN.
I knew that the Chinese student & non-student population had soared in Iowa City a while back when I learned that things such as ATM's with Mandarin language apps were being installed there by financial insitutions.
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