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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.


Silicon Valley

Zhongguancun Science Park is the Chinese version of Silicon Valley. It is located about a 40-minute drive from the center of Beijing.

Silicon Valley is about a 40-minute drive from San Francisco.

The Science Park is home to Lenovo Group Ltd. among other major high-tech firms.

The park also enjoys input from two of China’s most prestigious universities – Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Consequently, the park attracts Chinese best students, at least, those who are interested in high-tech R & D.

The park also attracts the best from overseas, including Japan.

Chinese students go to such equally prestigious universities in Japan – Tohoku University and bring back what they learn to their own valley.

Chinese used to go overseas and stay there, for whatever reason. Now, they are returning.

A report says that as many as 7,000 Chinese have returned to set up some 3,200 new start-ups with $10,000 grants from the Zhongguancun Science Park Management Committee.

This year, the Chinese government has set aside about $100 million for a “China Scholarship” program to send another 7,000 students overseas to study, work, learn, and eventually return to further Zhongguancun Science Park even more.

So, will these students return after they complete their studies? Why not?

What do you think?

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Bill Belew

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