Ohio at­tack wor­ries par­ents of Chi­nese

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn Chong Xiao and Judy Zhu in New York con­trib­uted to this story.

The at­tack on the cam­pus of Ohio StateUniver­sity onMon­day has raised con­cerns among Chi­nese par­ents about the safety of their chil­dren study­ing in the United States.

The at­tacker, an 18-year-old Ohio State stu­dent from So­ma­lia iden­ti­fied as Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan, drove a car into a group of peo­ple on the cam­pus and then be­gan stab­bing peo­ple with a butcher knife. Eleven peo­ple were in­jured, one of whom was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. The at­tacker was shot to death by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the in­ci­dent was a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Tang Xiaob­ing of Bei­jing, whose son at­tends a high school in the US state of Con­necti­cut, said she im­me­di­ately con­tacted her son after hear­ing of the at­tack, al­though Con­necti­cut is far from Ohio.

“As an old Chi­nese say­ing goes, a mother is al­ways con­cerned about her child when the child is thou­sands of miles away from home,” the 47-yearold said. “I know that the at­tack was not inmy son’s city, but ev­ery time I hear about such in­ci­dents, I still want to make sure that he’s safe and re­mind him a thou­sand times to take care of him­self.”

The US has long been a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese study­ing overseas. Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, a pub­lic in­sti­tu­tion in the east-cen­tral United States, has at­tracted a large num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents, said Li Peng, deputy gen­eral man­ager of the Ken­trexs Ed­u­ca­tion Group, a Bei­jing-based agency that ar­ranges for young Chi­nese to study in the US.

Ac­cord­ing to The Lan­tern, the Ohio State Uni­ver­sity stu­dent news­pa­per, Chi­nese stu­dents ac­count for nearly 60 per­cent of the uni­ver­sity’s in­ter­na­tional stu­dent pop­u­la­tion at the main cam­pus, which has a to­tal of 60,000 stu­dents. In 2013, there were 3,606 Chi­nese un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and pro­fes­sional stu­dents en­rolled in the uni­ver­sity.

The cur­rent num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents on the cam­pus was not avail­able. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the uni­ver­sity’s 2016 en­roll­ment re­port, China tops the list of coun­tries of ori­gin for its in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

Xie Hui, a res­i­dent of Ji­nan, Shan­dong province, said she had planned to send her 15-year-old daugh­ter to study in the US, al­though one fac­tor hold­ing her back is the safety is­sue.

“I know that at­tacks like the one in Ohio are events of small prob­a­bil­ity, but I just can’t help wor­ry­ing,” she said. “And each newin­ci­dent adds to that con­cern.”

Li of Ken­trexs said his com­pany will soon of­fer safety train­ing to stu­dents, adding that some overseas ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tan­cies al­ready do so.

JOHN MINCHILLO / AP

Stu­dents leave build­ings as po­lice re­spond to an at­tack on the cam­pus of Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in the United States on Mon­day.

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