Photo: Adobe StockAcross the US and even in mainland China, a news story is arresting the attention of a global Chinese-speaking readership: The New York City standardized high school entrance exam.
It’s a wonky topic that improbably inflames Chinese American parents as well as Chinese ones reading from their living rooms in Beijing and Shanghai, because of the proliferation of misleading coverage on WeChat, the dominant Chinese-language messaging app, on which misinformation runs rampant.
The plan, intended to increase ethnic diversity in high schools, faces strong opposition, especially from the Asian American community, who make up about 60 percent of the student bodies in these schools.
The story comes from the New York bureau of The China Press, a national paper covering the lives of the Chinese American community that English-language papers typically ignore.
The New York Times, which has been on WeChat since 2015, has published multiple stories about New York schools on its Chinese-language education account, @NYTEdu, is available to all WeChat users.