An increasing number of Chinese parents overseas with education in English have realized the importance of commanding Chinese as well as that of mastering indispensable English. The rise of China has fully awakened their awareness of the benefits of their kids’ bilingual study, that is, both to increase their chances of employment and to facilitate their contact and familiarity with two different cultures, the Oriental and the Occidental.
They have hardly changed their attitudes towards Chinese. At one time they proudly declared that they knew English only. Now, they have begun their positive support of their kids’ study of Chinese and Chinese culture, of their frequent visit of China to admire its magnificent natural scenery and to command its cultural heritage.