The Globalist is out with an article, entitled, “The American Dream Is Alive and Well…In China,” stating that “we heard that if U.S. immigration policies allowed it, 97% of the Chinese people would probably want to move to the United States.” (h/t China Challenges)
I talked a bit about this previously in a post entitled, “Representing Chinese Companies. I See Some Light:”
Many of the Chinese companies that seek to hire us for one thing (let’s say, forming a US company) really have another goal in mind (let’s say getting visas for their families and getting their kids into U.S. schools). They do not tell us of their real goals until we are way into the project.
And again in “The Chinese Are Coming, Part XII. To A Public School Near You“:
My own experiences have forced me to add an additional reason: sending kids to United States public elementary schools. Not kidding.
I should have realized this sooner, because this has been true of many of my firm’s Russian and Korean clients for many years.
At least half the time, my meetings with Chinese companies looking to come to the United States devolve into a conversation as to whether it is really true that they will immediately be able to get their five year old kid (yes, the kid is usually five years old!) into a top neighborhood school for free. I swear that our saying “yes” to that question triples the chances of some sort of transaction going through.
The United States and Canada are the number one and two most desired countries for people from Asia, according to this recent Gallup survey. (h/t Global Small Business Blog) The reason the US scores so well is “opportunity,” including for children, which translates into education.
UPDATE: Shanghaiist did a post, entitled, “Special delivery: mainland mothers heading to US to give birth,” on how wealthy Chinese mothers-to-be are hopping on airplanes to the United States so their kids can attain United States citizenship by being born there.
But still, 97%. Can that really be? What do you think? 97%, real or made-up out of whole cloth?