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Concern Among Parents in China After USC Shootings

Posted: Apr 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES-- The fatal shooting of two Chinese international students last week at the University of Southern California (USC) has caused concern among parents in China and could lead to a decline of Chinese students on the campus, reports the World Journal.

Students have until May 1 to decide on USC. One parent in Los Angeles told the paper that her daughter recently received her acceptance letter, and that she was inclined to send her to USC. But after the shootings, she's now considering other options.

In 2011, the college had an enrollment of 8,615 international students, more than any college in the country. Nearly one-third of them are from China. According to the U.S.-based Institute of International Education, Chinese students account for nearly 22 percent of international students nationwide, contributing more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy through tuition and living expenses.

"I would like to choose USC as my future school but my parents do not allow me to do so. They are paying for the tuition, so I am not able to make the decision on my own," wrote one blogger in China. "They are very worried about safety on the campus of USC and want me to choose another school... I have no idea how to convince them."

Last Wednesday, two Chinese international students, Wu Ying and Qu Ming, were shot dead in what seemed like a bungled carjacking in a neighborhood northwest of the campus.

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