Nation: East Meets Mysterious West

Inscrutable and exotic—so America must have seemed to 22 visiting scholars from China as they got their first glimpses of American life last week. The men and women, ranging in age from 35 to 49, are all enrolled at American University's English Language Institute. After three months of brushing up on their English, they will head for U.S. universities across the country for postgraduate study and research in physics, optical science, molecular biology, chemical engineering and other subjects.

Within a few days of their arrival in Washington as part of an orientation program...

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