Education: Disillusion in Peking

The students who arrived on the sprawling campus on the northwestern outskirts of Peking last fall were an enthusiastic if diverse group. They talked eagerly of getting to know the Chinese and of "experiencing the revolution firsthand." Some even donned the standard Chinese work blues as a sign of unity with their hosts. There was good reason for their excitement. They were the first foreigners to be admitted to the Peking Language Institute since it was closed because of the Cultural Revolution in 1967.

Now, even before they have completed their first year, many of the students are disillusioned and talk of...

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