Bucking Cultural Norms, Asia Tries Liberal Arts

Ricky Wong for The Chronicle

Students rehearse a play at the fledgling international division of Peking U.'s high school, in Beijing. Parents say they hope the division's liberal-arts program will help their children learn to think critically.
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On a recent fall morning, students filed into a classroom at Sun Yat-sen University, whose leafy main campus hugs the banks of the south-winding Pearl River. They thumbed last-minute text messages, jockeyed for seats near the open windows, and...

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