More Chinese 'sea turtles' hear the call of home

Data scientist Annie Cui (above) returned to China last year after studying for a master's in New York, drawn by her country's rapid development. Ms Xiong Xiao (left), seen here with her daughter Duanduan at the Great Wall of China, returned from the
Data scientist Annie Cui (above) returned to China last year after studying for a master's in New York, drawn by her country's rapid development.

Citizens abroad prompted to return by family or China's opportunities and development

When Ms Xiong Xiao was 17, she travelled to the United States as part of an exchange programme at her high school in Changsha city in central Hunan province.

Living abroad was something she always wanted to do, so while her friends left after a year overseas, Ms Xiong stayed on for five more years to get a degree in business administration from the University of Rochester in New York.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'More Chinese 'sea turtles' hear the call of home'. Print Edition | Subscribe