Three months before the gaokao, China's all-or-nothing college entrance exam that can determine whether students become cashiers or CEOs, Kenny Fu was having second thoughts.
His parents, small-business owners, wanted him to study in the U.S, but Fu's English was poor and he was afraid he wouldn't be able to make friends.
With the two-day, 10-hour exam looming, he hated the idea of a single test determining his path. The family scraped together money to move him to the United States in 2011.
After studying English for a year, he began to attend classes at Pasadena City College, where he volunteers part time and hopes to transfer to UCLA.