Many fellows do go home, says Keith Clemenger, director of the Beijing office that chooses about 35 Chinese fellows a year from hundreds of applications.
adds, "Few have come from more remote areas than He
Mei arrived in America in the spring of 2003 with a new laptop from the foundation, but she
didn't know how to turn it on.She
didn't understand credit cards.Her
roommate taught her
about coin-operated washing machines.
"I encounter so many difficulties," Mei wrote then for her
first class, Introduction to Education Leadership."Sometimes I even do not understand what is the teacher's assignment.
"But I am a little Chinese bamboo, and here, there are a lot of sunlight, rain, breeze and so on," she