As China roars into superpower status, American universities are aggressively recruiting its best students. The desire is often mutual -- some Chinese students dream of attending prestigious institutions such as Harvard, and many go to great lengths in pursuit of acceptance. In this series, Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan explored a burgeoning relationship that could reshape American campuses.
(Doug Kanter for The Boston Globe)
PHOTOS The Shing Tung Yau math contest
In October, Chinese students lined up to showcase their intellect at a math contest attended by William Fitzsimmons, the dean of Harvard's admissions.
Some elite American universities come to China to scout the smartest students. Other schools, particularly small private colleges in New England, arrive here with a far different motive: profit.
The book "Harvard Girl" spawned a genre, selling more than 2 million copies in China on the premise that any child, with the proper upbringing, could be Ivy League material.