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Chinese students bring new business to urban economy in U.S.

chinese oversea students, u.s. economy

More than 5,200 students from China attend the University of Illinois, and local businesses are taking notice.

今年,超过5200名来自中国的留学生考入了伊利诺伊大学,这引起了当地商家的注意。

Several banks have hired Chinese-speaking employees and several clothing stores, restaurants and tea shops that cater to Asian students have opened.

多家银行雇佣了会讲中文的员工,专为迎合亚洲学生的服装店、餐厅和茶社也纷纷开业。

"The community is well aware that this is a huge segment of the population, some of which has a lot of disposable income, all of which needs to eat and put clothes on their back," university professor Elizabeth Oyler said.

大学教授伊丽莎白·欧勒表示, "我们意识到亚洲人占据人口中很大的比重,他们其中一些人有着相当可观的收入,无疑,他们是要穿衣吃饭的".

"It's a very different town than it was 10 years ago. It's a huge number of people in a town this size who are coming from East Asia," she said.

"与10年前相比,这里发生了巨大的变化,大量来自东亚的人群进入了这座城市。"

Libby Tyler, Urbana's economic development director, said the increase in international students has "definitely fueled a lot of development in Campustown and elsewhere."

乌尔班纳市经济发展主管利比·泰勒表示,国际学生为大学城及周边地区注入了经济活力。

Officials see it as a positive change, Champaign-Urbana Economic Development Corp. executive director Craig Rost said, noting that Asian students bring spending power to the community.

美国政府将其视为一个十分积极的变化。香槟分校经济发展公司执行官克雷格·罗斯特说,亚洲学生为该市带来了巨大的消费潜力。

Chinese students make up less than half of the school's overall international population – the third largest in the U.S. behind New York University and the University of Southern California.

伊利诺伊大学的中国留学生人数占据了全校国际学生的一半之多,成为继纽约大学和南加大之后,中国留学生占比第三大的学校。

Senior Xialingzi Jin said she never expected to see a branch of the worldwide chain Caffe Bene in her college town.

大二学生金夏玲子表示,自己没有想到源自韩国的全球咖啡连锁店Caffe Bene会开到自己的校园里。

"They mean a lot to us international students," a Chinese student said. "Those types of snacks we got after school in China. It's comforting. There are more and more options for us."

"这对于国际学生来说意味着很多",一名中国留学生表示,"那些都是我们在中国上学时经常光顾的小食店,对于我们来说,放松休闲的选择越来越多了。"

UI Research Park Director Laura Frerichs said U.S. companies with offices in China see students as potential future employees. And, she said, some Chinese students have launched startup technology companies. "There's so much wealth in China now, so many students here that we could leverage to get more invested in startup companies in Champaign," Frerichs said.

UI研究园主管劳拉·弗雷利克斯表示,很多在中国设有分公司的美国公司都将中国学生视为潜在的未来雇员,有些学生已经自行创业开起了科技公司。"如今的中国蕴藏着巨大的财富,在香槟分校,我们有如此之多的学生,可以参与到创业公司中去。"

2016-06-23

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