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Although suzhi is wildly used by different people, people have different understanding of this word, even among those people who are regarded as “high quality people” by Yiting Liu, which are those who got accepted by top colleges in the United States. In the context of globalization, a research study of those students who are currently studying in the Western countries could help us to have a better understanding of how the notion of Quality is perceived, and how it has changed overtime. Currently, the only literature that focuses on both Chinese students and Quality oversea is Vanessa Fong’s (2011) Paradise Redefined, which mainly focuses on students who lack academic achievement and family wealth from Dalian; some of them even sell their houses and borrow money from friends and relatives go study abroad (Fong, 2011). However, mega cities, instead of relatively smaller cities like Dalian, a peripheral city in northern China, tend to have more resources and produce more students. Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing are the three largest feeder cities for students in the US and contribute almost a hundred thousand students in total. What is more, almost all subjects in Fong’s research attended “far less prestigious foreign-language schools, for-profit, technical, or community colleges, or low-ranked universities” (Fong, 2011). Yiting Liu’s quote earlier in the introduction, however, only talks about that being accepted by a “top colleges in the United States” could be an indication of “high quality”. At the same time, China now has held the top spot in foreign countries represented at many top colleges like University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California, Berkeley, or Cornell University for the past five years. As a result, Fong’s research result might not be comprehensive enough. My research, which extensively studies twenty-two students from different cities who are currently enrolled in the top 35 colleges in the United States (according to the US NEWS college ranking), will fill the gap of current studies by attempting to answer the following questions: • How is the notion of Quality perceived among Chinese students in the US? • Have their notions of Quality changed since Chinese students came to the US? • What are the factors that shape their understanding of Quality? Are there any divergences? • What are some consequences of those divergences?